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O'Connor: We need support now from the government

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Mary O’Connor, CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport. Photo: Sportsfile

Mary O’Connor, CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport. Photo: Sportsfile

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Mary O’Connor, CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport. Photo: Sportsfile

The Federation of Irish Sport wants "immediate" support from the Government to save sports bodies left facing potential ruin because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The umbrella organisation - which represents 81 national governing bodies and 29 local sports partnerships - is seeking the establishment of a 'resilience fund' to help clubs and organisations that "may not survive" the financial impact of Covid-19.

"What we're looking for is to support sport now, because it would cost the Government an awful lot more money to reboot in October-November as we're emerging out of this pandemic," insisted Federation CEO Mary O'Connor.

"We did research last year, with Investec Bank, and we can stand over the fact that when you invest in sport you get a return.

"For every €100 that the Government invests in sport in this country, they get a return of €195 in associated taxes."

O'Connor also stressed the health benefits of such investment, adding : "We are going to need sport even more so as we emerge from this, for people's physical and emotional wellbeing."