€136 thousand euro in funding has been allocated for a vital sports project in a major boost for Roscommon, a Fine Gael election candidate has said.
Councillor Aisling Dolan said, iRos – indoor Recreation and Outdoor Sports Park in Roscommon is one of seven to be allocated funding under the new Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF).
A total grant of €136,484 is being provided towards the cost of an indoor 4-court sports hall, one outdoor floodlit 3G pitch and one grass pitch. The project also includes a perimeter trail for recreational walking, redeployment of existing tennis courts within the site and enhancements to car parking and site access
“The grant announced today represents the successful Stream 1 proposal which is an application seeking funding towards the cost of developing projects to the point that an application for construction work can be submitted in the future.
“This follows the allocation of €77.4m in funding earlier this week to fund the constructions of facilities across the country under Stream 2 of the fund.
“I am delighted to see this important local project benefit from funding. It plays a significant role in our community and I look forward to watching it go from strength to strength in the future,” Councillor Dolan added.
Minister Brendan Griffin said “We know that sporting success at high-performance level has the ability to lift the spirits of entire communities. To achieve this high-level success however, we need to invest in facilities across the country to nurture these talents. Enhanced investment in sports facilities has been a key policy objective of the Government and this commitment has been borne out by the recent allocations under the Large-Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund but also through our continued investment in the Sports Capital Programme.”