Rugby FAI: Sports Minister Shane Ross says football body asked government for 18m euro bailout

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Rugby Irish Sport Minister Shane Ross

Sports Minister Shane Ross has been critical of the FAI in recent weeks

Irish Sports Minister Shane Ross has revealed that the Football Association of Ireland asked the government for an 18 million euro [£15.3m] bailout.

Minister Ross was speaking at a parliamentary committee meeting in Dublin on Wednesday.

The minister described the request as “shocking” and said the government made it “absolutely clear” the FAI would not get the funds.

The FAI’s 29m euro [£24.7m] debt on the Aviva Stadium was also discussed.

Mr Ross revealed that the Department of Sport will meet the Irish Rugby Football Union on Thursday to talk about the Dublin venue after Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry asked if the rugby governing body could

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