Dáil Éireann - Volume 517 - 05 April, 2000

Written Answers. - National Stadium.

23. Mr. Quinn asked the Taoiseach if he will make a statement on the legal agreement placed in the Library of Oireachtas Éireann on 25 February 2000 regarding the donation by a person (details supplied) in connection with the proposed national stadium; if this represents the full extent of the agreement between the donor and his Department; the other conditions, if any, [855] attached to the donation by the donor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6814/00]

24. Mr. Higgins (Dublin West) asked the Taoiseach when the legal agreement between a person (details supplied) and the State regarding the national sports stadium will be laid before Dáil Éireann. [6203/00]

25. Mr. J. Bruton asked the Taoiseach if he will lay before Dáil Éireann the legal agreement between a person (details supplied) and the State concerning the proposed national stadium at Abbotstown, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7285/00]

26. Mr. J. Bruton asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting on 6 March 2000 with the Football Association of Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7742/00]

27. Mr. Quinn asked the Taoiseach to make a statement on his meeting on 6 March 2000 with representatives of the Football Association of Ireland. [7807/00]

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 23 to 27, inclusive, together.

The private donation of £50 million from Mr. J. P. McManus towards the financing and development of Campus and Stadium Ireland has been given effect by way of a letter of assignation between Pictet & Cie, Geneva, the "Bank", and the Department of the Taoiseach, "Beneficiary". This represents the full extent of the agreement. No other condition or consideration arises.

The document was laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas on 25 February 2000.

I would like to take this opportunity to place on record the Government's appreciation of Mr. McManus's most generous donation.

I met with a senior delegation of the FAI on 6 March. In attendance were Pat Quigley, president, Michael Hyland, chairman of the National League, Brendan Menton, honorary treasurer and Bernard O'Byrne, chief executive.

I took the opportunity to convey my view to the delegation that I would like to see them come on board with the Stadium Ireland project and my reasons for that view.