The Lansdowne Road Stadium project remains on target to open in 2010, with the last portion of the Government’s €191m contribution towards the cost due by the end of this year.

However, the FAI will have their work cut out to sell their share of the “Club Vantage” premium seating and ten-year tickets needed to make it pay its way. At €12-36,000 a pop the ‘dear seats’ were always going to be a harder sell than chief executive John Delaney made out. It was only Cyprus admittedly, but a crowd of 60,000 for last week’s World Cup qualifier goes to show that it’s just as well Bertie’s 80,000-seater stadium was knocked on the head. At least the PDs have got something right in the past ten years.