The legislation required to enable Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was passed in the Dáil last night, well ahead of the July 31st deadline required to comply with the requirements of World Rugby.
The new legislation was needed after a change of mind in May by then Secretary General Maire Whelan on the state’s ability to provide written guarantees on the funding and state support for the bid.
It provides for the Government to hold shares in a company established after the winning of the bid to manage the staging of the tournament, and to enter into related shareholders agreements.
It also allows the Minister responsible to provide financial support by way of loans or guarantees, after gaining the consent of the Minister for Finance, to pay the tournament fee to host the tournament on the island of Ireland, to purchase and dispose of commercial rights relating to the tournament in a manner they see as being fit and to provide undertakings on security, travel and infrastructure as may be required by World Rugby.
It’s another important step along the road to the vote which will take place on November 17th but which will in advance be guided by a recommendation from the World rugby Executive team that will come one month earlier.
Many if not all of those responsible for the decision will be in Ireland next month for the staging of the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup, all the tickets for which through the group stages at UCD are now completely sold out.
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