Monday 5 December 2016

'I’m going to Dublin with or without a ticket' - Senator who missed out on All-Ireland final tickets hits back at critics

Amy Mollooy

Published 15/09/2016 | 18:04

Fine Gael senator Michelle Mulherin from Mayo Picture: Tom Burke
Fine Gael senator Michelle Mulherin from Mayo Picture: Tom Burke
Fine Gael senator Michelle Mulherin from Mayo Picture: Tom Burke

A Fine Gael senator who missed out on All-Ireland final tickets says the criticism she has received is unfair.

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Michelle Mulherin has hit back at her critics after she complained to the GAA when she was informed only TDs are entitled to obtain tickets through the Croke Park authorities.

Speaking on RTE’s Drivetime, Michelle Mulherin said: “This isn’t about Michelle Mulherin, this is about a change of policy which is discriminating against Houses of the Oireachtas.”

Drivetime presenter Mary Wilson then questioned why she should get preferential treatment over “people in Mayo who would sell their first-borns if they could procure tickets.”

“Mary, this isn’t about me,” the Mayo Senator retorted.

Wilson then put Ms Mulherin’s GAA loyalty to the test by asking if she had been to all Mayo’s games this year.

“Did you go to the quarter-final?”

“No, I wasn’t at the quarter-final,” Mulherin responded after a brief silence.

Ms Mulherin said she does not understand why senators are treated differently to TDs.

She claimed senators are equally supportive of the GAA at a local level and that this seems to have been overlooked by the Croke Park authorities.

“I did hear MEP Sean Kelly on the radio earlier, a former president of the GAA, and he was defending their position and to tell you the truth, I am very disappointed. He should know that up until now it was a precedent. Prior to the redevelopment of Croke Park into the very fine stadium it is now, every TD and senator sent in a letter and cheque and got their tickets,” she said.

In a letter sent to Ms Mulherin which has been seen by the Irish Independent, GAA Árd Stiúrthóir Páraic Duffy rejected her request for tickets for Sunday's match  due to a “high demand” for tickets.

Tickets which Ms Mulherin insisted are going to Dublin, not Mayo people.

“They tell me the pressure is in Dublin so it seems to me which any tickets which are discretionary, are not going to Mayo supporters, they are going to Dublin supporters.”

Despite being ticketless, the Mayo Senator said she still plans on making the trip to Dublin to support the boys in green and red.

“I’m going to Dublin with or without a ticket. The really important thing is that the team win,” she said, before defiantly adding that she thinks Mayo can finally bring Sam Maguire home.

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