Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Dublin, Deputy John Lahart has described media reports that Dublin City Council has no plans in place to provide a fanzone for the Republic of Ireland’s matches during the Euro 2016 championships this summer as a ‘missed opportunity.’
Deputy Lahart commented: “It is inexplicable that Dublin will have no dedicated fanzone for this summer’s European football championships. After the great achievement of reaching Euro 2016 in France, beating world champions Germany on the way, there will be a huge demand for supporters to have a dedicated fanzone in the capital this summer.
“I will raise the matter with Minister Shane Ross to see what pressure, if any, he has been putting on Dublin City Council to provide a fanzone in the city. The Minister needs to take action to make sure Dublin doesn’t miss out on the chance to encourage thousands into the city to cheer on our national team.
“Dublin City Council should urgently draw up plans to create an official fanzone in the city. Big screens have erected in the past for events such as the All-Ireland Finals, Ireland Rugby matches and there was also a dedicated fanzone in the IFSC when Ireland played in Euro 2012. Fanzones encourage people into the city to enjoy the games and they boost the city’s economy.
“Huge numbers of fans will make the trip to France, but those in Ireland should also have a place to view the games and enjoy the atmosphere. Belfast and London have official fanzones planned and it would be a missed opportunity if Dublin fails to provide one too.
“It is not too late for DCC to make arrangements for a well-organised fanzone in the city, and they should look at all possible avenues to make it happen. Indeed the other local authorities in Dublin should also provide a fanzone if it is feasible to do so,” urged Deputy Lahart.