Wednesday, 31 May 2006
John O'Donoghue (Minister, Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism; Kerry South, Fianna Fail)
It will. The Genesis report is clear on ground sharing and I have expressed my support for that report on a number of occasions. I have had discussions with the FAI which also believes it is necessary for us to have two medium-sized stadiums in Dublin so that the Eircom league can prosper. This makes perfect sense. For example, the facilities of the San Siro stadium, which has a capacity of 85,000, are shared by AC Milan and Inter Milan. Other examples are Lazio and Roma, and Juventus and Torino, while in Germany an example is the Bayern München and Gladbach football clubs. These are major clubs. We are asking that the four Eircom league clubs look at the situation sensibly. I anticipate ground sharing as the way forward. There is a need for two stadiums of a capacity of approximately 10,000 each and this would advance the cause of the league in Ireland.