The main events, with perhaps the exception of swimming, would be held in and around Dublin. Athletes prefer to be based in one location. Belfast was mentioned but this would entail a journey of 45 minutes. This would create difficulties. Some 160 towns and villages would, however, be given an opportunity to play host to the athletes of a particular country in the week preceding the games. In this way the benefits would be spread throughout the country. As Deputy Allen said, Ireland and Argentina are the two countries vying for the games.
The bid site selection team highlighted the transportation issue. In response I indicated the exceptionally successful measures which we have taken. For the games all that would be required is an eight lane, 25-metre pool. The Government is committed to providing a 50-metre pool in respect of which nine proposals are being considered and contact documents issued. I hope to have some news before the end of the year.
Written Answers follow Adjournment Debate.