By John Considine
A number of posts on this website have tracked the distribution of sports capital grants between Irish counties (e.g. here and here). It would be fair to say that there has been a move towards distributing the grants on a per person basis. The figure below plots the amount allocated to 24 Irish counties against their population (the two most populous counties of Dublin and Cork are excluded for graphing purposes). It seems there is a pretty strong correlation between population size and the size of the allocations (0.92). These grants are allocated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. In the allocation of sports capital grants there is a clear relationship between the amount allocated and the population of the county.
The relationship between population and the amount allocated is less clear when it comes to Local Sports Partnerships. These are non-capital grants. They are allocated by the Irish Sports Council. The figure below represents the amount of grants given to Local Sports Partnerships between 2009 and 2014 (except for the four most populous local authority areas where LSPs are located). Sligo and Waterford seem to be punching above their weight in terms of attracting funding. Wicklow seems to fair poorly.
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