Paralympics Ireland announced today that Irish Sports Council, with a budget of €19,600,000 (US$22,140,000), had increased their allocation for Paralympic sport in the country ahead of the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.
The Core investment for the Irish Sports Council’s High Performance Budget Paralympic division rose from €310,000 in 2014 to €325,000 in 2015. The Performance investment increased from €610,000 to €665,000, with Paralympics Ireland currently making decisions on where to allocated these funds inside their tier 1 sports, coaching support, medical program and sports science performance areas. Another €188,000 was allocated for the costs of running Uberlandia Camp. This was a special ringfenced investment.
Paralympics Ireland CEO, Liam Harbison was quoted as saying, “In spite of a flat budget to the ISC for 2015, the Council have responded positively to the need for increased investment in Paralympics Ireland this year. Our ability to support athletes in this critical qualifying year is greatly enhanced by the increased investment. While we would encourage government to make a greater investment in sport, particularly as the economy recovers, we readily acknowledge the support Paralympic sport has continued to receive and look forward to continued growth of investment over the coming years.”
At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, Ireland won 16 medals, including 8 golds, in a variety of sports including swimming, athletics, cycling, and equestrian. The team’s medalists were Bethany Firth, Darragh McDonald, Jason Smyth, Michael McKillop, Michael McKillop, Mark Rohan, Mark Rohan, Jason Smyth, Catherine Walsh, Francine Meehan, Helen Kearney, Catherine O’Neill, Orla Barry, James Brown, Damien Shaw, Catherine Walsh, and Francine Meehan.