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Friday 18 April 2014

Dun Laoghaire aiming to net Volvo sea race

ANOTHER seaside town is aiming to cash in on the success of the Volvo Ocean Race.

The race attracted 900,000 spectators when it stopped in Galway earlier this year, netting tens of millions of euro for the city.

Now Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council chiefs have passed a motion to enter into consultation with Failte Ireland to tender for the event.

Galway is not expected to bid for the next race in 2014-2015.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Fine Gael councillor John Bailey, who proposed the race motion, said: "Costs are in the region of €8m to tender for it – €5m comes through the Government and Failte Ireland, so we need to raise €3m to initiate the process."

Irish Independent

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