Breen pushing for Olympics Spin-Off

July 21st, 2011 - Pat Breen

FAI Delegates Dinner West County Hotel County ClareGovernment efforts to promote Ireland as a base for participating teams ahead of next years Olympics in London have stepped up a gear with the news that the Minister for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring T.D. and the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs & Trade Committee Pat Breen T.D. have joined forces and are set to intensify their efforts to boost the Olympic Tourism spin-off for this Country.

Minister for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring has assumed the Chair of the London 2012 Coordinating Group which comprises representatives of the various Government Departments and the sports, tourism and cultural agencies and this week he has enlisted the support of the Chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen T.D.

“Given our close proximity to London, I believe that we have the potential to benefit here in this Country. The Government has already eased restrictions for visitors from 14 countries who have obtained visas to enter the UK for short-term visits to travel here to visit from this July until October 2012 next. There is the potential to divert people to Ireland who cannot be accommodated in the London Area and on top of that the tourism spin-off could be greater if we could attract Olympic teams and athletes to base themselves here in advance of the games.” Deputy Breen said today (Tuesday).

“Indeed, here in the Mid-West Region alone, we have daily access to London from Sort Michael Ring T.D. and the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs & Trade Committee Pat Breen T.D. have joined forces and are set to intensify their efforts to boost the Olympic Tourism spin-off for this Country.

Minister for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring has assumed the Chair of the London 2012 Coordinating Group which comprises representatives of the various Government Departments and the sports, tourism and cultural agencies and this week he has enlisted the support of the Chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen T.D.

“Given our close proximity to London, I believe that we have the potential to benefit here in this Country. The Government has already eased restrictions for visitors from 14 countries who have obtained visas to enter the UK for short-term visits to travel here to visit from this July until October 2012 next. There is the potential to divert people to Ireland who cannot be accommodated in the London Area and on top of that the tourism spin-off could be greater if we could attract Olympic teams and athletes to base themselves here in advance of the games.” Deputy Breen said today (Tuesday).

“Indeed, here in the Mid-West Region alone, we have daily access to London from