Wednesday, 21 September 2022
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
49. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the supports or funding streams that are available to support a person who is a full-time rugby player with a provincial side at under-19 level given that the full-time commitments required mean that such a person cannot take up summer or weekend-employment. [46110/22]
Sport Ireland, which is funded by my Department, is the statutory body with responsibility for the development of sport, increasing participation at all levels and raising standards, including the allocation of funding across its various programmes. Sport Ireland does not provide direct funding for individuals but channels the funding through its network of Local Sports Partnerships, recognised National Governing Bodies for Sport (NGBs), and other relevant sporting organisations.
In the case of rugby, funding is provided to the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and any queries regarding supports should be directed to that NGB.