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Ministers welcome Dormant Account Funding for Sport Measures

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D. have welcomed the approval of the Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan 2019 by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Commenting on the announcement Minister Ross said: “I am delighted to announce a further €5 million in funding for sport measures through the Dormant Accounts Fund. This funding is in addition to my Department’s €62.2 million allocation to Sport Ireland in 2019. This investment will play a vital role in supporting the objectives of our National Sports Policy and ensuring that sport and physical activity is accessible and inclusive for everyone across the country.”

Minister Griffin said: “I welcome the continued investment in sport and physical activity through the Dormant Accounts Fund. To date, my Department has worked closely with Sport Ireland, the National Governing Bodies for Sport, and Local Sports Partnerships to ensure the continued development and implementation of a wide range of initiatives at local level. The funding secured for sport and physical activity will help those from disadvantaged backgrounds to be more active, more often.”

Sport Ireland Chief Executive, John Treacy, said “Sport Ireland welcomes the announcement of the new action plan and additional funding for sport through the Dormant Accounts fund. Projects funded under previous rounds of the Dormant Accounts Fund have borne positive results and it is a credit to our National Governing Bodies for Sport and Local Sports Partnerships that these projects are now flourishing and sustainable, and the initiatives facilitated are adding significant value to the quality of life at a local level. Sport Ireland places a premium on ensuring everyone has an opportunity to partake in sport no matter what their circumstance, and the Dormant Accounts Fund is assisting us in realising that ambition.”

Note to Editors: The Dormant Accounts Fund is under the statutory functions of the Minister for Rural and Community Development. Further details of this announcement are available at