A Fine Gael TD has today (Tuesday) called on the Government to back a potential bid for a Formula E race in Dublin.
Formula E, officially called the FIA Formula E Championship, uses electric only motor cars similar in look and style to Formula 1 cars and has expanded considerably since its inaugural championship in 2014.
Deputy Noel Rock said, “Fáilte Ireland have informed me, via a parliamentary question response, that they have spoken with Formula E Operations Limited last year and have met with Dublin City Council in January of this year to explore the possibility of Dublin becoming a host city for a future Formula E championship race.
“They are currently waiting to receive a ‘host city requirements manual’ from Formula E. This is a positive development for Dublin and one that the Government should fully support.
“Formula E is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and is designed for shorter courses on temporary street circuits. I believe Dublin would perfectly fit the bill for such a race and it would make for exciting viewing.
“I fully support Fáilte Ireland and Dublin City Council exploring the possibility of acting as a host city and I would expect that the Government would support such a bid if one was to be made in the future,” continued Deputy Rock.
“With Ireland’s rich history in motorsport and with Northern Ireland’s own Adam Carroll competing in the series, I believe it would be a great achievement for Dublin to be on the Formula E calendar alongside cities such as London, New York and Paris.
“I believe any potential bid would show Ireland as a strong candidate for any potential sporting events in the future,” said the Fine Gael TD.