Deering Urges Ring Not To Forget Carlow.

4th July, 2012

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, has called on Minister of State Michael Ring not to forget Carlow in this years Sports Capital Programme allocations. Speaking in a Dail debate yesterday (Tuesday 3rd) Deputy Deering said he is concerned about “Carlow’s small size” and it’s being part of a dual county constituency and he noted “smaller counties in such circumstances always appear to loose out”.

The Sports Capital Programme is the main channel of Government support for the development of sports facilities and purchase of sports equipment for sports clubs and organisations across Ireland. The objectives of the 2012 programme is to assist voluntary and community organisations to develop high quality, safe, well designed and sustainable facilities in appropiate locations and to maximise participation in sport and physical recreation.

However, Deputy Deering warned that clubs and organisations should not have too high an expectation, as the number and value of applications far exceeds the pot of money available for distribution. Nationally, there are 2152 applications seeking €224m but there is only €30m available. This equates to only €1 been available for every €7.50 sought. In Carlow alone there have been 44 applications seeking over €3m. This means the Minister will only be able to allocate a fraction of the funding sought and the task of assessing applications will be very difficul. Applications will be assessed against a number of strict criteria including, likely beneficial effect on participation, level of disadvantage in the club’s area, level of own funds available, whether the facilities will be shared with other clubs or sports and previous allociations to that particular club. The list of successful applicants will not be announced until late autumn or early winter and many applicants will be disappointed.