The irish prison service are spending more than 42k a year on footballs.
The balls get burst by barbed wire.
Maybe they should make their own footballs?The Examiner newspaper used the country's Freedom of Information Act to uncover government documents that showed €127,000 (£103,687) was spent on footballs over the last three years with razor wire being blamed for the high expense.
Denis Naughten, an Independent member of the Irish parliament, raised the issue in a parliamentary question last year saying: "An astronomical sum, over €42,000, is being spent every year on footballs. Surely with all the great minds we have in this country someone can come up with a solution. Surely sharp minds could design a netting to protect the balls from the razor wire."
The Freedom of Information documents revealed correspondence in response with the Irish Prison Service saying that the expensive was so high because "balls are continuously destroyed on the wire. Prison ensures adequate supplies of football are available as they don’t have many other recreational facilities."