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Rugby World Cup Bill shows the need to build Casement Park – Ó Donnghaile

11 July, 2017 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile



Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed the All-Ireland nature of the bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup and said the Bill’s passing adds weight to the campaign to build Casement Park in the heart of West Belfast.


Speaking today, Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said;


“Ireland works best when we work together. This is proven to be the case most visibly in our sporting endeavours and achievements, not least rugby, boxing, GAA and many other codes.


“When we unite, we achieve and we succeed.


“While I have expressed concerns about the swiftness with which this Bill has passed through both Houses, I accept that we must work to ensure that every corner of Ireland benefits from this bid should we be successful.


“Every community, school and sports club all feel the benefit, should this bid prove successful and I am confident that it will be.


“One of the jewels in the crown of Irish sport should be a brand new, redeveloped Casement Park, as well as all the accompanying investment that comes with it, in the heart of West Belfast.


“Today I welcomed a group of Gaels to the Oireachtas from Belfast's O’Donovan Rossa GAA Club.


“They were here to promote Casement Park as a venue for Gaelic games and the desire to see the long-awaited new Casement being started and completed.


This development will form a critical component for the Rugby World Cup bid. In the redevelopment of Casement, we can put on sporting spectacles unlike others seen before but most importantly of all we can see the delivery of tangible investment and benefit to an area that for so long went without.


That is the challenge to us as we continue this bid; to ensure our sports thrives, our athletes and players thrive but ultimately to ensure every part of Ireland thrives.”



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