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Government’s funding for Sport is welcomed by IRFU CEO

(IRFU CEO Philip Browne, right, pictured with David Nucifora)

THE following is a statement from Philip Browne, IRFU CEO, in light of the announcement by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport of a funding package for the sports sector.

“The IRFU welcome the government’s announcement of funding for the sport. Since the closedown of the country in March Irish Rugby’s income has effectively fallen off a cliff and while we have moved quickly to significantly reduce our costs, huge financial pressure will remain our reality until we return to a time when we can welcome supporters back to full stadia across our professional game.
Sport is far more than a pastime, it is an important economic driver for the national and local economy, it supports the physical and mental well-being of our people and it adds to the social and cultural fabric of each and every community in the country, ensuring that young and old can form the friendships, skills and values that we are known for across the world. The funding available from government will be a lifeline to sports and the IRFU thank the Taoiseach and his government for standing with our sector in this time of crisis.”

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