FAI welcomes Department of Sport funding for Finn Harps’ new stadium project

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The Football Association of Ireland has welcomed the Department of Sport’s approval of funding for design fees to a sum of €304,000 for Finn Harps’ new stadium project.

Harps had their new stadium designs approved by the Department of Sport and the development of the new stadium project is a core feature of their strategic plan.

The five-year strategic plan initiative was introduced by the FAI to create a sustainable development of all aspects for SSE Airtricity League clubs.

Finn Harps’ stadium committee worked closely with FAI Facilities Development Manager Walter Holleran to redesign the plans for the new stadium in order to obtain government funding, and FAI CEO John Delaney is delighted with the progress being made.

“This is a fantastic development for Finn Harps and I’d like to thank the Department of Sport for their support of the project and the allocation of funding,” Delaney said.

“The association has worked closely with the club to help redesign the plans in order to obtain this crucial funding for their new stadium project.

“It’s fantastic to see the club work towards their strategic plan and this is a great reward for the hard work of everyone connected to the project.”

Finn Harps Chairman Sean Quinn said: “We’d like to thank the FAI, and in particular CEO John Delaney, for his continued support of the new stadium project. This would not have been possible without the involvement of the FAI and the CEO.

“Their guidance and expertise has been crucial in developing a plan which the Department of Sport would approve funding for, and now we look forward to the next phase of the project.

“The development of the stadium is key for Finn Harps, the county of Donegal and the north west region in general. We have worked hard to rejuvenate this project and we are delighted to see it progress. We would like to thank the Department for seeing our vision for the new stadium.

“We will continue to work closely with the FAI for the duration of the project as we look to progress to the next stages of the project.”

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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