Council pours cold water on financial support for athletes representing Ireland abroad

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'It could become a Pandora's box...'

Carlow County Council has poured cold water on giving financial support to Carlow athletes representing Ireland abroad.

Cllr Will Paton suggested at this month's meeting of the Carlow Municipal District that the local authority could give some sort of financial support to sportpersons from Carlow representing their country overseas in competitions.

Senior Executive Officer, Eamonn Brophy, said it is not an activity a local authority would ordinarily be involved in and said if the Council started supporting one sportsperson "then there is no end to it" and a whole range of athletes could be looking for funding. 

"Each of the sports have their own governing body and they look after their athletes," he added. 

Cllr Ken Murnane said: "It could become a Pandora's box," a process that once it has begun generates many complicated problems.