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Budget 2019- Ireland Active welcomes retention of 9% VAT rate

09 October, 2018

Ireland Active welcomes retention of 9% VAT rate for sporting facilities and increased investment in sport


Budget 2019 was positive for sport with the retention of the 9% VAT rate for sporting facilities as well as an increase of €15m to €126m for the annual sports budget. Ireland Active called for the retention of the 9% VAT rate and increased investment in sports capital projects in its pre-budget submission. We are glad that our calls were listened to by Minister Donohoe in the Department of Finance and Minister Ross and Minister Griffin in the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport along with their officials.



Conn McCluskey, CEO, Ireland Active commented:


“Ireland Active very much welcomes the retention of the 9% VAT rate for sporting facilities as we believe it would be wrong to increase tax on physical activity given the need to get more people active in the country. It is also positive to see an increase in the sports budget for 2019 by €15m which we hope will go towards programmes, people and facilities that ensure a more active sporting nation. The National Sports Policy launched earlier this year provides a blueprint for government and stakeholders in sport to deliver on the potential of Irish sport and we believe these positive tax and investment measures can give Ireland a sporting chance.”


It is expected that the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport will give more detail of the budget measures during the coming days and we look forward to engaging further with them and updating our members on the outcomes.


Budget measure in Sport from the Financial Statements for 2019-


Investment in sport remains a priority for this Government and I am committing €126 million across a range of sporting initiatives next year.
Our continued spending in sport means that we are making progress towards doubling our investment in this area, a key commitment of our National Sports Policy.
I am providing over €41 million next year for investment in sports projects, which will benefit clubs and organisations in every county in Ireland.
I am retaining the 9 per cent VAT rate for sporting facilities.

Link: Ireland Active Budget 2019 Submission

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