Cutting a funding lifeline for dozens of Co. Wexford sporting clubs and organisations is “mean spirited” and “a huge blow for sporting endeavour” according to Fine Gael TD Michael D’Arcy.
Deputy D’Arcy had warned previously that the Sports Capital Grants programme was likely to be a casualty of Government cuts. It was announced on Thursday last that no funding will be allocated under the programme this year.
“Sporting clubs and organisations right across Co. Wexford depend on this funding for vital development works and they will be devastated by the news that funding has been cut. 25 sporting clubs and organisations in Wexford were allocated a total of €1.1 million under the Sports Capital Grants programme last year. Many clubs and groups will have put considerable effort into making application for grant aid this year and all for nothing,” Deputy D’Arcy said.
“There are better ways the Government could save money without penalising sporting clubs and organisations which are run entirely on voluntary effort. It’s just so short-sighted,” he said.