|Regina Doherty TD with Chair of Ashbourne United Johnny Brady. Ashbourne United have been awarded €30,000 from this year's Sports Capital Grant."|
The Ratoath TD said “today’s announcement, which will see €1.8 million in funding go directly to our sports clubs in Meath, is absolutely fantastic news for our voluntary and community clubs in County Meath.
“I am absolutely over the moon with today’s announcements. Over the last number of months I met with several of the clubs and assisted them in their application for the grant. I subsequently met and wrote to Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, on numerous occasions to do all that I could to ensure that the needs of Meath were met in today’s announcement. I have spoken to all of these clubs today who to give them the good news and I share their excitement about the road ahead.
“Sport and community organisations are the backbone of our county and Meath’s piece of the pie today certainly demonstrates the Government’s recognition of this. Fine Gael is supporting rural Ireland once again and the Sports Capital Programme will assist our sports organisations to reach their full potential in our community.
“Every single club that submitted a valid application will receive funding as part of this grant, a first for us here in Meath. This Government understands the importance of sport to communities around the country and the imperative to fund it. Money spent on sport, is money saved on healthcare down the road.”
Concluding, Doherty said “the economic downturn has had a significant impact on communities throughout Meath and our Sports Capital Grants announcement today is one more piece of the puzzle to ensure that the economic recovery spreads to all parts of our county.
“Unfortunately some clubs were disappointed that their applications were not deemed valid this time round, however, it is my job to ensure that they all have successful applications next year.”