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Taoiseach (the Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland) Micheál Martin (Irish Fianna Fáil politician) unveiled the Sport Ireland Campus Masterplan Vision, the ambitious blueprint which proposes a vision and framework for the growth of the Sport Ireland Campus and the long-term development of associated sporting facilities over the next 15-20 years.

‘Sport Ireland’ stated that the masterplan captures the aspirations of Sport Ireland and identifies a proposed guide for the delivery of this vision.

Sport Ireland, formerly the Irish Sports Council, is a statutory authority that oversees, and partly funds, the development of sport within Ireland. It is located at the National Sports Campus in the town land of Sheephill near Abbotstown House in Dublin (Ireland).

Sport Ireland is the authority tasked with the development of sport in Ireland. This includes participation in sport, high performance sport, anti-doping, coaching, and the development of the Sport Ireland Campus.

The Sport Ireland Campus is already home to world class sporting and support facilities and more will be added in the coming years.

‘Sport Ireland’ further stated that in addition to the larger facilities detailed within the masterplan there will be a strong emphasis on the delivery of multiple small and medium-sized projects on an annual basis that support its National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and strengthen its core value of community participation. There will also be particular focus on improving public transport links to the Campus and a strong commitment to sustainability.

The Sport Ireland Campus masterplan will be realized through a capital development program over the next 15-20 years. It is envisaged that individual building and infrastructure projects will be delivered in a series of phases over the lifecycle of the masterplan. The detailed phasing and programing of the delivery will be determined by the needs of the athletes and the growth of sport in Ireland.

The first high-level project for delivery under the new masterplan is likely to be the National Velodrome and Badminton Centre. A planning application for the project was lodged with the Fingal County Council by Sport Ireland in August and a decision is expected in the coming weeks.

The Taoiseach was at today’s (November 17th) launch on the Sport Ireland Campus along with Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht Jack Chambers, Chairperson Sport Ireland Board Kieran Mulvey, Sport Ireland head honcho Una May, and Chair of the Sport Ireland Campus Development Committee Pat O’Connor.

Speaking at the launch, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said, “The Sport Ireland Campus is already an invaluable asset as part of the sporting infrastructure of the country and the developments as laid out in this document will enhance what are already world class facilities. The development of the Campus to date and the future developments have been funded by significant Government spending and this Government is committed to supporting sport in Ireland because we are aware of all the benefits that being involved in sport at any level brings to individuals and communities.”

Sport Ireland CEO Una May added, “Being based on the Sport Ireland Campus year-round on day-to-day basis, I get to see first-hand the interaction between high performance and community sport. The Sport Ireland Campus Masterplan Vision sets out ambitious goals for the coming years and it will be exciting to see them being reached, improving what is already a world leading location for sport. We are very grateful to the Government for their ongoing commitment to sport and it is heartening to know that they are aware of the many benefits that involvement in sport brings.”

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