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Infrastructure deficit demonstrated in Rugby World Cup bid – Munster

31 October, 2017 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Sport Imelda Munster has said today that the infrastructural deficit that has been allowed to develop outside of Dublin has led to a major stumbling block in Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The Louth TD was responding to the release of the Host Selection Process Evaluation Report from World Rugby today.

Deputy Munster said:

“The report from World Rugby today makes for grim reading for Irish rugby fans. Two key areas in the evaluation process where the Irish bid was let down were Venues and Host Cities and in Tournament Infrastructure, weighted at 30% and 20% of the comparative scoring respectively.

“The infrastructural deficit outside of Dublin, particularly in the areas of IT and capacity to meet crowd demand, has cost us dearly in our efforts to host the competition. While the capacity is a difficult issue to deal with in a sustainable way in a small country such as Ireland, the telecommunications issue is simply a result of government inaction and disinterest in solving the rural broadband issue and progressing Ireland as a digital economy.

“While commitments have been made, it is a case of too little, too late. Since the matches would be played in venues such as Castlebar, Killarney, and Kilkenny and not the ‘Digital Docklands’, we were at an immediate disadvantage.

“While efforts by the IRFU are continuing to try and win the vote of the World Rugby Council in November, their task is not made any easier by the inaction of Government, who were happy to appear in promotional videos but not to put in the leg work required on their part to make the bid a success.” 

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