The deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness has delivered a commitment by the Executive to support the bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Martin McGuinness represented the Executive as Ireland’s entry into the ‘Candidate’ phase of the selection process to determine the host for the 2023 Rugby World Cup was formally announced at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
The deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness said:
“The 2023 Rugby World Cup bid is a bid for all the people of Ireland and the Executive will make every effort to make it a winning bid.
“We have a proven track record of hosting major global events including the G8, Giro d’Italia, MTV Music Awards, the World Police and Fire Games, the Clipper round the World Yacht Race and the Irish Open Golf Championship.
“This is a collective effort and I commend the GAA for placing its grounds at the disposal of the tournament, a key factor in Ireland’s ability to bid for the tournament.
“It is estimated some 445,000 are predicted to travel to Ireland for the tournament so it would be of immense benefit to the economy.
“Worldwide TV audiences for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England reached some four billion people which offers global exposure money simply can’t buy.
“We have both the experience and expertise to deliver and given the massive economic, tourism and sporting significance we won’t be found wanting in our preparations.”
The selection process will run from now until November 2017, when World Rugby will decide on the successful candidate to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. During that period a detailed technical evaluation of the candidates will take place, with final proposals being submitted in June and a presentation to World Rugby scheduled for October.