From the outset, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has said its bottom line is that the redevelopment of Lansdowne Road must provide a secure financial future for the professional era in Irish rugby. In many ways, it’s been something of a miracle that the professional game has flourished here over the past decade.
In 1995, Ireland was among the rugby-playing nations opposed to professionalism.
It’s all by the way now, but the IRFU...
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