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O'Donoghue given €498 rugby ticket


DCon

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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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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 übergombeen 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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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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THE Sports Council faces questions from the government department that bankrolls its operations over the purchase of premium match tickets supplied to former Ceann Comhairle John O'Donoghue.

Its chairman Ossie Kilkenny also faces questions from his own board today as the controversy deepened over the Rugby World Cup (RWC) final tickets given to himself, Mr O'Donoghue and two mystery individuals.

The cost for tickets to the 2007 South Africa versus England showdown was footed by the taxpayer-funded Irish Sports Council, as revealed in the Irish Independent three days ago.

But last night, Mr Kilkenny dug in and again refused to say who had joined himself and Mr O'Donoghue on the prestige trip to Paris.

Today, the issue will be raised at a meeting of the board of the Irish Sports Council in Abbotstown, with a majority of the 10-person board newly installed in the past month.
Mr Kilkenny also said yesterday that he was under no obligation to explain the circumstances behind the trip to the match, except to "the proper authorities".

He said that in the case of the Sports Council, this meant the board, the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism, and the auditors. It could also mean the Dail Public Accounts Committee, which investigates public spending.

The tickets were allocated as a pair each to Mr Kilkenny and Mr O'Donoghue. The cost was just for tickets to the match and did not include flights and accommodation.

The Irish Sports Council receives a grant of more than €51.6m annually from the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism.

Asked if the taxpayer, as the ultimate underwriter of the cost, had a right to know the details of the trip, Mr Kilkenny, an accountant, said: "I will pass no comment on these matters. You can put it to me any way you like. I've no comment on it."
Department to quiz sports council over O'Donoghue's taxpayer-funded tickets - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie
 

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Well he's quite right not to talk to the media about it, it would just make things worse for him. He should report it to his boss, and the minister can come out and say if the rules have been broken.

I said it at the time, and it's being born out her now, the focus on JOD is a massive waste of time. There's headlines about a 500 euro ticket, but the story about reforming the expenses system has gone very quiet.
 

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Well he's quite right not to talk to the media about it, it would just make things worse for him. He should report it to his boss, and the minister can come out and say if the rules have been broken.

I said it at the time, and it's being born out her now, the focus on JOD is a massive waste of time. There's headlines about a 500 euro ticket, but the story about reforming the expenses system has gone very quiet.


There are 7 newcomers to the Board of the Sports Council today one of whom is Jim Glennon, a former FF TD who walked away from them because of their attitude/silence to corruption, cannot see him taking any evasive shlte from Kilkenny/JOD, JG will start as he means to go on.

The question of focus on JOD is interesting it has brought a small result but he is still to get compo and so far not required to repay a penny, he will use this as justification of himself, on the old FF theory if you cannot prove I was wrong 100%, then I am right 100%.

The reforming of the expenses is very much in the hands of Biffo/Lenny as they prepare the Budget this maybe why is has quitened down.

Will be interesting to see who are the mystery Paris Rugby 2 because we can be certain if JOD stayed o/n he will not have paid his bills + flights.
 

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I said a month ago that questions needed to be asked about tickets bought for the 1/4 final match we were supposed to be playing in - The same weekend as JoD was in France for Longchamps.

Surely the tickets would have been given back to the Organisers and ended up with perhaps similar people in the other quarter finalist's Unions.

Hotels and flights would then have to be cancelled, quite normal happenings in tournaments unless you know otherwise.
 

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Surely the tickets would have been given back to the Organisers and ended up with perhaps similar people in the other quarter finalist's Unions.

Hotels and flights would then have to be cancelled, quite normal happenings in tournaments unless you know otherwise.
Were not used - from what I know

The game was a Sunday and the person who intended to use the tickets decided late Friday he was not going to use them. Think they landed in the hands of someone with Irish connections in Paris.
 

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Were not used - from what I know

The game was a Sunday and the person who intended to use the tickets decided late Friday he was not going to use them. Think they landed in the hands of someone with Irish connections in Paris.

On the face of it this does not seem to be untoward.
 

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JOHN O'DONOGHUE asked the Irish Sports Council for two tickets to the Rugby World Cup final, it was revealed last night.

Mr O'Donoghue was Ceann Comhairle at the time, and had ceased being minister for arts, sports and tourism for five months. He offered to pay for the tickets but the council gave them to him for free in recognition of his efforts on behalf of Irish sport.

The cost of the pair of tickets, for Mr O'Donoghue -- and it is thought his wife, Kate Ann -- came to nearly €1,000. The tickets were ultimately paid for by the taxpayer.

Late last night the Irish Sports Council admitted to the Irish Independent: "John O'Donoghue contacted the chairman of the Irish Sports Council, Ossie Kilkenny, to ask if two tickets for the 2007 Rugby World Cup final could be reserved on his behalf."
O'Donoghue asked for two tickets to Paris rugby final - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie
 

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In other sports news, the Melbourne Cup was successfully run yesterday despite the absence of the Ceann Cohmairle.
The name of the winning horse, appropriately enough: Shocking.
 
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