The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, and the Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers TD, today announced a provisional allocation of €3.991m to the FAI under the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF) for the development of Finn Harps stadium in Donegal.
The Finn Harps project has received funding previously and it is hoped that today’s announcement will allow the project to advance to construction stage. The actual payment of the grant will be contingent on compliance with all of the other terms and conditions of the LSSIF including assurances that the balance of the construction costs can be secured.
Commenting on the announcement, Minister Martin said: “This is excellent news for the FAI, Finn Harps Football Club and the football community in Donegal. The government is committed to investing in our sport infrastructure and we have ambitious plans to enhance investment in the LSSIF and the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme in the years ahead.”
Minister of State Chambers stated: “I am very aware of the need to see real investment in the League of Ireland and the government will play its part in this regard. The new Finn Harps Stadium will be a significant boost for the League of Ireland and I wish the FAI and the club every success with the project.”
Charlie McConalogue TD said: “Resumption of the Finn Harps new stadium construction in Stranorlar has been a priority of mine since the formation of the government. I thank my Government colleagues Ministers Chambers and Martin, the Finn Harps Stadium Committee, the Department of Sport, Cllr Patrick McGowan and the Finn Harps squad, backroom team and fans for their cooperation in moving the project to the next stage.
“Finn Harps is an integral part of the culture and fabric of the Twin Towns and of Donegal as a whole. The resumption of this project will create local jobs and will continue Finn Harps’ storied history. This news comes during a positive time for the club and I wish the club continued success in this season and in the years ahead.”