Thursday, 17th January 2019
Press statement by Hildegarde Naughton TD
Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo
Corinthians Rugby Football Club has been allocated funding of almost €35,000 towards the development of a sand training pitch following a reconsideration of its application under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme.
The investment was welcomed by Fine Gael TD for Galway West Hildegarde Naughton, who had worked closely with the club on its application and sought ministerial support for the project.
It follows an unsuccessful application for funding by Corinthians in 2017, when their bid for investment under the Sports Capital Programme was among 20 percent of applications that were deemed invalid.
“I’m pleased to have been able to assist the club with their appeal,” said Deputy Naughton. “There has been a real issue with invalid applications in the past, and it’s good that we’ve been able to rectify the situation in this case.”
The Galway West TD also welcomed the allocation of €42,100 to Oranmore Community Development Association for the resurfacing of its astro-turf pitch. This was also among the invalid applications in the previous round of funding.
Rahoon Newcastle Hurling Club was also successful in securing €30,900 for the development of a second pitch in Tonabrocky, having had its previous application deemed invalid in 2017.
“There was a lot of understandable frustration over invalid applications in previous years, and this is something that I raised with the minister and his department since the last funding call,” said Deputy Naughton.
“There has been reform of the application process as a result, and I am delighted to have been able to help a number of clubs and organisations with their submissions to ensure that they made their case correctly and convincingly.
“The Sports Capital Programme is an important scheme that has seen substantial investment in community sports facilities throughout the country in recent years.
“This not only contributes to the development of exceptional sportsmen and women around the country, but also encourages people – young and old – to participate in sporting activities and lead more active lifestyles, which in turn improves people’s health and longevity,” she added.
Other Galway clubs and sporting organisations that benefitted after their applications were reconsidered include Coiste Halla Naomh Eoin, which received €20,000 towards the development of a sports ground on Inis Meain.