# Michael Ring TD

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# grants
€40 million sports fund available to Irish clubs
However, applications must be in by February 28.
# London 2012
Irish pride as Olympic squad touches down in Dublin
The Minister for Sport promised to fight for more funding as he welcome Ireland’s Olympians home at a small reception in Dublin Airport this afternoon.
# Political Football
Going up: Enda Kenny and Giovanni Trapattoni take on Croagh Patrick
The Taoiseach and Ireland’s football chief teamed up for a charity fundraiser at the famous Co Mayo climb earlier.
# Fiscal approach
Taking one for the team: Sports Council budget reduced for 2012
The Irish Sports Council must continue to tighten its belt for the foreseeable future with a further €1.5million reduction on their budget.
# World Cup Bid
Ireland ‘more than capable’ of hosting Rugby World Cup
Michael Ring told the Dáil the country can play host to the world’s biggest rugby tournament in 2023