Ministers To Sign Off On Euro...


Ministers To Sign Off On Euro 2028 Bid

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

07:13 15 Nov 2022

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Dublin could host the second biggest tournament in football with ministers today signing off on a joint bid from Ireland and the UK for Euro 2028.

It's expected Croke Park will need work to bring it up to scratch for the tournament that would also be held in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

UEFA's deadline for formal bids is tomorrow with Government sources confident the pitch will be successful.

Minister for Sport Jack Chambers met with colleagues from the UK and Ireland to discuss the bid last week and will bring a memo to Cabinet alongside Minister Catherine Martin.

That will allow the FAI to submit a preliminary bid along with the other countries.

Ireland is expected to host seven games between the Aviva Stadium and Croke Park in the event the bid wins.

It's thought the Aviva would require little upgrading, but some work would need to be done to Croke Park.

The memo will outline the economic impact of hosting the tournament, which the Government estimates would attract 120,000 people to Ireland with a boost to the economy in the hundreds of millions of euro range.

Ministers believe there's a strong chance of success, with Turkey the only rival to host the second biggest tournament in football.

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