Fanzone planned in centre of Dublin
Published 24/06/2016 | 02:30
A fanzone is to be set up in Dublin city centre on Sunday for Irish fans who can't make the journey to France.
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald's office confirmed that large screens will be erected in Smithfield Square.
The idea was raised in the Dáil yesterday morning by Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin as politicians poured praised on Martin O'Neill's charges after their historic Euro 2016 win over Italy.
Following the debate Ms Fitzgerald contacted Local Planning Minister Simon Coveney who in turn appealed to Dublin City Council.
Labour Dublin City Councillor Rebecca Moynihan confirmed the fanzone had got the go-ahead.
The fanzone will have several large screens and is sure to become a magnet for Irish fans eager to watch the action unfold.
Fianna Fáil's finance spokesman Michael McGrath led the congratulations to the Irish team on their "tremendous victory" against Italy in Lille.
"They have done us proud as indeed have the fans over the last number of weeks and we wish them all the best in the last-16 game and Northern Ireland as well," Mr McGrath added.
Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald also praised the Ireland and Northern Ireland teams after their success at Euro '16.