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Sunday 11 December 2016

Oireachtas committee 'can't take any action' on petition to have UFC star Conor McGregor’s image engraved on €1 coin

Published 13/01/2016 | 17:21

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

AN Oireachtas committee said it cannot take any action on a petition to have UFC star Conor McGregor’s image engraved on a €1 coin because they do not know who submitted the request.

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The Oireachtas Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions considered the request during a meeting this afternoon.

Committee Chairman Sinn Fein’s Padraig Mac Lochlainn advised the petitioner to contact the Central Bank so as to establish the European Union rules on producing commemorative coins.

“Whatever people think of the merits of the petition, I’m glad it drew public attention to our work,” Mr Mac Lochlainn said.

Mr McGregor had urged TDs and Senators to consider the request ahead of today’s hearing.

During hearing, People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said there was a “jokey element” to the wording of the petition but said there was “huge public interest” in the suggestion that Mr McGregor should appear on a coin.

Mr Boyd Barrett said there are also more serious questions around how the country can honour people who have achieved on the international stage.

The left-wing TD said there was also a case to have boxers Katie Taylor and Tyson Fury commemorated on coins.

The request was signed by a Patrick O’Leary.

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