Funding of €30,000 has been allocated for a sports development officer for Co Longford.
The news emerged at the Budget 2015 meeting which was held at local authority headquarters at Great Water Street in Longford town last week.
During last week’s meeting, Finance Director, Longford Co Council, Barry Lynch said the funding would be provided for a sports officer in the areas of rugby, soccer and GAA.
“This will be for the development of the sports and will be provided on the basis that match funding is allocated by the GAA, FAI and IRFU,” he confirmed.
“€30,000 has been provided to assist in the provision of sports development officers for GAA/FAI/IRFU for promotion and development of local sports,” added Cllr Gerry Warnock (Ind), “and that is a very good investment as far as I am concerned”.
“The money will be provided subject to matched funding from the sporting organisation.
“I am particularly delighted with the FAI development officer which I have been fighting hard for over the last few months. We will now hopefully be on a par with the rest of the country in the promotion of soccer.”
Meanwhile, Cllr Mark Casey (Ind) pointed to the value from the Budget and to the ‘civilised’ manner in which proceedings were carried out.
“This has been a very civilised meeting…..for once!” he said. “There is a 3% cut in the rates and there is money for the Mall, tourism, sports and the Attic Youth Cafe.
“We have sent out a clear message; we in Longford have something now for every market and hopefully that will encourage more business to this county.”
Cllr Peggy Nolan (FG) asked for assurances that the €100,000 ring fenced for necessary works on St Mel’s Road would be allocated on completion of refurbishment works at St Mel’s Cathedral.
Barry Lynch subsequently assured Cllr Nolan that the money for the works would be provided when the Cathedral works were completed. “Good, because the residents of St Mel’s Road have put up with a lot of inconvenience over the past five years and they deserve to be looked after now,” added Cllr Nolan. “Promises were made to those people and I for one will be ensuring that those promises are kept.”