Sunday 11 December 2016

Alan Kelly to strut his stuff on catwalk in charity event organised by John Delaney's girlfriend

Geraldine Gittens

Published 07/04/2016 | 11:41

John Delaney and Alan Kelly
John Delaney and Alan Kelly

Labour TD Alan Kelly will be strutting his stuff on the catwalk tonight in a charity event organised by FAI CEO John Delaney’s girlfriend.

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The acting environment minister will join TV3 presenter Glenda Gilson, model Sarah Morrissey, soccer pundits Eamon Dunphy and Johnny Giles, Eurovision hopeful Nicky Byrne, and former Ireland internationals Jason McAteer and Ray Houghton on the catwalk.

The Freedom Of Dublin Charity Fashion Show is in aid of the John Giles Foundation and the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People.

“Later on tonight I’m partaking in a fashion show, your public will be delighted to hear,” Mr Kelly told RTE’s Today with Sean O’Rourke.

“It’s being run by Emma English who is a partner of John Delaney’s, being coordinated with the FAI. It’s for the Johnny Giles trust, and also for Brother Kevin who runs some great homeless services here in Dublin.”

“It’s on out in CityWest. It’s myself and a number of other people who are balancing on the catwalk.”

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney with Emma English before the start of the UEFA EURO Final Tournament Draw. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney with Emma English before the start of the UEFA EURO Final Tournament Draw. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

John Delaney canvassed for the Tipperary North TD in Tipperary in January, ahead of the general election, as they visited local football clubs.        

The story hit the headlines and Mr Kelly deny accusations of cronyism.

"I'm a government minister and I'm also a TD for Tipperary and you fight for the constituency and for your people, I make no apology for that.

"John Delaney was in Tipperary Town, we went for lunch and we walked down the street. How we weren't going to bump into people I don't know,” he said at the time.

"St Michael's Club in Tipperary Town is his home club and the one he has always supported.

"I think this whole story has been quite unfair on John Delaney, he was just fulfilling his role," he said.

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