Taoiseach Enda Kenny together with Minister Leo Varadkar opened the new home of Irish Sport yesterday when they visited the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown, Swim Ireland’s new home.
The new ‘Irish Sport Headquarters’ is home to 19 National Governing Bodies of Sport and is part of a wider campus which includes the National Aquatic Centre, the Institute of Sport and the FAI. The Campus will continue to develop over the next few years and months with a new Dry Diving Facility planned for 2013 and Athlete Accommodation in the near future.
Performing the opening the Taoiseach said, “Ireland is a country that is passionate about sport and it is fitting that where possible we should have world class facilities to support, encourage and inspire everyone to get involved in sport. This Government has put a renewed focus on supporting sporting activities nationwide and I’m delighted that significant progress has been made in the development of the National Sport Campus over the past 12 months. The opening of the Irish Sport HQ and the arrival of 19 national governing bodies is a major step in the development of the Campus. Today’s milestone will also help foster the sense of community and cooperation which I know already exists in Irish sport.”
Irish Senior Squad members Barry Murphy and Bethany Carson were on hand on the day to help with the official opening. Bethany’s interview can be viewed here.
A keen sportsman himself Minster Varadkar visited the Swim Ireland Offices and met staff before posing for a picture with Barry Murphy and his new swimming cap!
Minister Varadkar said “When I was appointed Minister I developed a new vision for the National Sports Campus. We decided there wasn’t going to be any new stadium. Instead, we made lands and facilities available and invited the governing bodies to develop them.
The Campus is one of my four main sporting priorities, alongside the re-launch of the Sports Capital Programme, protecting funding for sport through the Sports Council, and promoting sport as an exam subject in schools. We have seen huge developments, and I’m delighted to be here today for the opening of Sport HQ”