Connacht Rugby plans for a new €30-million stadium and training centre

Wednesday, 15th May 2019

Press statement by Hildegarde Naughton TD

Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will visit Galway Sportsground with local TD Hildegarde Naughton on Friday, when he will be updated on

Wednesday, 15th May 2019

Press statement by Hildegarde Naughton TD

Fine Gael, Galway West

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will visit Galway Sportsground with local TD Hildegarde Naughton on Friday, when he will be updated on Connacht Rugby’s plans for a new €30-million stadium and high-performance training centre.

Mr Varadkar was originally briefed on plans for the 12,000-capacity stadium last October, when Connacht Rugby representatives were invited to give a presentation in Leinster House by Deputy Naughton, who is a season-ticket holder at the Sportsground.

The Fine Gael TD said that she will be meeting privately with the Taoiseach during his visit to discuss state funding for the redevelopment of the stadium.

“As a regular at Connacht matches, I’ve been aware for some time of the need to provide facilities at the Sportsground that can match the team’s outstanding performances on the field in recent seasons,” said Deputy Naughton.

“The venue regularly attracts sell-out crowds and it’s simply not capable of providing players or spectators with the facilities and experience that either deserve, despite recent improvements and government investment.”

Deputy Naughton said that the new plans would result in both sporting and economic benefits for Galway and the broader region, with Connacht Rugby already estimated to be worth €34.4 million to the regional economy.

“The pride and enjoyment that people in the west derive from Connacht Rugby can’t be measured, but there is a tangible economic benefit to the city, county and wider geographical region,” she explained.

“Connacht Rugby directly employs 130 people itself, making it a sizeable employer. But the economic spin-off is huge, and the team’s future success on the field will be shared by businesses and individuals throughout the area.

“The announcement of plans for the redevelopment of the Sportsground is a key part of that future success, making this an extremely exciting time for us fans and other potential beneficiaries in the region,” said Deputy Naughton.

The Galway West TD said that she is working with Connacht Rugby to secure funding for the new stadium, and will be discussing this prospect with Mr Varadkar on Friday.

“Work has already begun in relation to sourcing government funding for this project, and the briefing that I organised last October succeeded in securing the support of other Oireachtas members,” she said.

“This has enormous potential to benefit fans, businesses and future players throughout the broader western region. I am confident that the Government will acknowledge that potential and provide an appropriate level of support.”

ENDS

Deputy Hildegarde Naughton pictured with Karl Boyle Head of Operations, Liam Rattigan chairperson of Connacht Rugby Board,

& Willie Ruane CEO at a briefing she organised in Leinster House.

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Mr Varadkar was originally briefed on plans for the 12,000-capacity stadium last October, when Connacht Rugby representatives were invited to give a presentation in Leinster House by Deputy Naughton, who is a season-ticket holder at the Sportsground.

The Fine Gael TD said that she will be meeting privately with the Taoiseach during his visit to discuss state funding for the redevelopment of the stadium.

“As a regular at Connacht matches, I’ve been aware for some time of the need to provide facilities at the Sportsground that can match the team’s outstanding performances on the field in recent seasons,” said Deputy Naughton.

“The venue regularly attracts sell-out crowds and it’s simply not capable of providing players or spectators with the facilities and experience that either deserve, despite recent improvements and government investment.”

Deputy Naughton said that the new plans would result in both sporting and economic benefits for Galway and the broader region, with Connacht Rugby already estimated to be worth €34.4 million to the regional economy.

“The pride and enjoyment that people in the west derive from Connacht Rugby can’t be measured, but there is a tangible economic benefit to the city, county and wider geographical region,” she explained.

“Connacht Rugby directly employs 130 people itself, making it a sizeable employer. But the economic spin-off is huge, and the team’s future success on the field will be shared by businesses and individuals throughout the area.

“The announcement of plans for the redevelopment of the Sportsground is a key part of that future success, making this an extremely exciting time for us fans and other potential beneficiaries in the region,” said Deputy Naughton.

The Galway West TD said that she is working with Connacht Rugby to secure funding for the new stadium, and will be discussing this prospect with Mr Varadkar on Friday.

“Work has already begun in relation to sourcing government funding for this project, and the briefing that I organised last October succeeded in securing the support of other Oireachtas members,” she said.

“This has enormous potential to benefit fans, businesses and future players throughout the broader western region. I am confident that the Government will acknowledge that potential and provide an appropriate level of support.”

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