Additionally support for 25 sports was announced under the Women in Sport Programme.

€11.47 million supports the core activities of governing bodies covered including administration of the sports, the employment of professional staff, coach development, hosting events and programmes aimed at increasing participation.

In addition, 25 sports were allocated grants totalling €1.53 million under the 2009 Women in Sport Programme, a specific initiative aimed at increasing sports participation by women. The programme commenced in 2005 and has proved extremely successful with the sports bodies that have rolled out a number of innovative programmes to attract women of all ages into sport.

Ossie Kilkenny, Chairman of the Irish Sports Council commented; “The work of the Governing Bodies is essential to the sports sector. There is outstanding work being carried out by them all and we have sought to protect those sports that are most reliant on our funding. We want to pay tribute to Minister Martin Cullen who has been strongly supportive of our work and he has ensured that we can continue investing in the sports of Ireland”.

The core grant for Special Olympics Ireland has been reduced following negotiation and agreement. At €2.5 million it remains the single biggest core grant of any sports organization in Ireland. The IABA also saw a reduction as it was funded in 2008 for the recruitment of a CEO. That appointment has not yet been made. Funding will be made available to the IABA when the position is filled.

John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council, commented: “€13 million is a significant investment in these sports. The sports organizations understand the financial situation and are committed to the continuing provision of excellent services to the sports community in 2009”.

The Irish Sports Council has made no decision on the 2009 allocation for the Athletics Association of Ireland at this time. The Council will have further discussions with AAI in the coming weeks.

Some highlights for 2009:
€30,000 awarded to Triathlon Ireland to part fund a new CEO position on an all Island basis with investment also coming from Sport Northern Ireland.
€23,000 to support Mountaineering Council of Ireland’s “Girls Outside” programme aimed at teenage girls.
A 20% growth in membership of the Irish Table Tennis Association is primarily due to the success of its Women in Sport schools programme. A further investment of €43,800 will continue the roll out of this schools programme and support the recruitment of a national Women in Sport Co-ordinator.
€35,000 was awarded to the Irish Sailing Association to roll out its Match Racing Programme which will be targeting over 500 young women to participate in the first year alone.
The Irish Judo Association has received assistance to move towards employment of a full time business manager in its allocation of €82,000.
Cycling Ireland has received €31,315 to roll out its Mountain Biking Coaching Framework in conjunction with Coaching Ireland.
€52,450 was awarded to Cumann Peil Gael na mBan to roll out its coaching programme for Ladies Gaelic. It has also been allocated €250,000 through the Women in Sport programme as continued support for its Regional Development Officer network.
Comhairle Liathroid Laimhe (handball) has received €15,900 for phase 2 of its Ball girls programme and to support its Wall Ball programme.
Badminton Ireland received €25,000 to implement its Buntús Badminton, Junior Badminton and Club Development programme. 

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