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'I'm willing to stand for Sinn Fein' says former rugby star Trevor Hogan

David Kearns

Published 06/07/2015 | 16:18

Former Irish Rugby international Trevor Hogan speaking at a 'Solidarity for Greece' protest in Dublin Credit: Tony Gavin
Former Irish Rugby international Trevor Hogan speaking at a 'Solidarity for Greece' protest in Dublin Credit: Tony Gavin

Former Leinster rugby star Trevor Hogan would stand as a candidate for any “left leaning party that isn’t Labour”, including Sinn Fein and the Anti Austerity Alliance.

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Backing a write off for Greece’s huge foreign debt, the retired Irish international refused to rule out standing for Sinn Fein when pushed on whether he would be willing to campaign for a seat in the Dáil.

“I would seriously consider running for a left leaning group that isn’t Labour,” he told RTE’s Liveline earlier this afternoon.

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Asked if he would consider standing for Sinn Fein, Mr Hogan replied “I wouldn’t rule anyone on the left side out. Sinn Fein, the AAA, if time was right, I would consider running.

Trevor Hogan with his wife Claire Brock
Trevor Hogan with his wife Claire Brock

“[However] since I’ve finished rugby I just want to get myself into the real world, and I’m now only focused on getting my H-Dip.”

On Labour, he said: “Unfortunately the party is now more right wing than Fine Gael. I wouldn’t step with them anymore than I would Fianna Fail.

“As for Renua Ireland, they’re just Fianna Fail lite.”

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Mr Hogan said many Irish people sympathised with Greece, despite the Irish Government's failure to support Greece's efforts to fight further austerity measures.

The former Leinster and Munster lock said the Government should support a debt write-down as it could benefit the Irish people.

“The Government has been slashing social welfare for years… making cuts against carers and lone parents.  They’re being so penny-wise but so pound foolish,” he said.

“They don’t realise there’s a massive hole in our pockets from the bank debts we’re still paying off.

“If we actually showed a bit of humanity and solidarity with Greece and supported their call for debt relief, we wouldn’t have to be spending €8 billion a year on interest alone.”

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Mr Hogan accused the Irish Government of trying to “profit” from the misery of the Greek people by insisting on the repayment of a €300 million loan that was “taken out by us at a lower interest rate than what we’re lending at”

“Surely there’s someone in our Government that recognises the inequality in this? It seems the only solidarity Ireland is willing to offer Greece is one that comes with a heavy price.”

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