Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup is underway following the official candidacy launch that saw government members from both sides of the boarder in attendance.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald were joined by Deputy First Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuiness and Northern Ireland Economy Minister Simon Hamilton – marking the collaborative effort.
The Taoiseach noted Ireland’s success in holding major global events, from the Irish Open Golf Championship to the G8 political forum. He said:
“This is a collective effort and I commend the GAA for placing its ground at the disposal of the tournament, a key factor in Ireland’s ability to bid for the tournament”
The cooperation of the GAA has allowed Ireland to put forward 12 potential venues on their ‘long list’ – an important number for the tournament staging.
Former Ireland Captain Brian O’ Driscoll was in attendance alongside fellow Rugby World Cup Bid Oversight board member, former TD, Dick Spring.
Sports Minister Shane Ross discussed Ireland’s proposal and the unique opportunity the tournament is to showcase Ireland to a worldwide audience.
The event could draw “hundreds of thousands of visitors”.
The proposal put forward for the selection process – set to run from now until November 2017- has the “backing of both Governments, through the provision of financial, infrastructural and services support” said Minister Ross.
Final proposals are to be submitted in June, with presentations scheduled for October that will determine the host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.