Press Release

Financial Assistance for Special Olympics Ireland

Mr. Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Health and Children today (18th December, 2001) announced that his Department has provided revenue funding of €0.102m for Special Olympics Ireland to assist them to meet the costs associated with the programmes which they provide.

The Minister said that he wished to acknowledge the role which Special Olympics Ireland has played over the years, not only in the provision of sport and leisure activities for persons with an intellectual disability, but also in relation to the health, educational and social gain which is part of the ethos of their overall programme.

Minister Martin said “The only ongoing core funding which Special Olympics Ireland receives at present is a grant from the Irish Sports Council and some assistance through FÁS. The balance of their funding comes mainly from fund-raising. I am delighted to be in a position to assist them to build up their budget base for the future through the allocation of this funding. My Department will continue to work with them to support their network of participants and volunteers around the country.”