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    FORMER Ceann Comhairle John O'Donoghue was one of four people given free premium tickets to the rugby World Cup final at a cost of €1,700 to the taxpayer.

    The cost was just for tickets to the match -- in which South Africa beat England in Paris -- and did not include flights and accommodation. The bill was footed by the Irish Sports Council, and Mr O'Donoghue was accompanied by council chairman Ossie Kilkenny and two others, whose identities have not been revealed.

    The former Ceann Comhairle refused to return calls last night, while it was unclear if he was offered the tickets or asked for them. The latest revelation comes only weeks after the South Kerry TD resigned from his position as Ceann Comhairle amid uproar over the €550,000 in expenses racked up in his five years as Sports Minister and the €250,000 in his two years as Ceann Comhairle. His resignation came after details of years of lavish spending emerged.

    At the time of the rugby final, which took place in October 2007, Mr O'Donoghue was Ceann Comhairle and had been moved from his previous position as Arts, Sports and Tourism Minister after the General Election that May.

    The Sports Council could not explain why they paid for his tickets, given that he was no longer Sports Minister.

    council chairman Ossie Kilkenny also refused to comment when contacted last night and refused to say who accompanied him and Mr O'Donoghue to the match.

    Four tickets were bought for €1,678 -- two were in the most-expensive category for the game at €498, and another two were in the second-most-expensive one at €341.
    O'Donoghue given €498 rugby ticket - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie

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    Gombeenism at it's best!

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    ah, The Irish Sports Council spends their budget in this manner?

    and Irish World class athletes live on macaroni and struggle with rent ......

    The bill was footed by the Irish Sports Council, and Mr O'Donoghue was accompanied by council chairman Ossie Kilkenny and two others, whose identities have not been revealed.
    I guess one was the 365 days sunglass wearing Boot O'Donoghue? Why are the other 2 not specifically named?

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    We are truly cursed with gombeenism. And this όbergombeen is in a class of his own.
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    Living off the fat of the land..............

    Cant wait to find out who got the other 2 tickets. This is a major part of the story. Dont be surprised if it is children or wife of Minister !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammer View Post
    Living off the fat of the land..............

    Cant wait to find out who got the other 2 tickets. This is a major part of the story. Dont be surprised if it is children or wife of Minister !!!
    Or known criminals/"prominent businessmen"

    If it was family, they would have sat with JOD. 2 lesser tickets given to "un-named people" seems very dodgy.

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    Seanie FitzPatrick & Patrick Neary

    or

    Denis O` Brien / Michael Lowry !!!

    Cant wait to find out. All they have to do is check the flight records.

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    Union leaders = gravy train riding thiefs

    these union leaders must GO

    Mr McLoone, who is general secretary of the IMPACT trade union and is involved in negotiations on public-sector pay, and Mr Ahern availed of free tickets to sought-after events such as All-Ireland finals and Irish rugby internationals.

    The tickets ranged in cost from basic stand prices to €300 packages. Mr McLoone went to see Ireland take on Argentina in the 2007 Rugby World Cup at a cost of €800.

    Mr McLoone, who stepped down as a member of the Sports Council in September after a 10-year term, was given two free tickets -- and sometimes three and four -- to at least 25 sporting events since 2002.

    These included All-Ireland hurling and football finals, rugby internationals and soccer internationals. International rugby matches took up the vast majority of Mr McLoone's free-ticket allocations, and he attended almost every major home game over the last few years, including matches against England, South Africa, the All Blacks, France and other six nations teams.
    The details also show that annual Christmas parties cost thousands of euro, including dinner at the Alexander Hotel in Dublin in 2007 for €2,949 and at the Conrad Hotel in 2006 for €6,176. Similar dinners at the Conrad in previous years also saw members who lived in the capital -- including Mr McLoone and Mr Mullins -- being put up in the hotel for the night.
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    IRELAND’S top Olympic official has warned that some of the country’s elite athletes could be forced to retire before the London Games in 2012 if government funding continues to be cut.

    Hickey: athletes could retire before 2012 | Irish Examiner

    And that corrupt FORMER Ceann Comhairle, getting money spent on him that he did not deserve. It is no wonder that we do not do as well internationally as we should. Why are the officials always treated better than the athletes?
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    Well I was also at the game myself (but for the avoidance of doubt,not one of the 4 tickets - paid for it myself!!)

    Crap game all round ,so at those top price tickets, it was a complete rip off !!

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