Saturday 3 December 2016

Taoiseach remembers Tour de France visit to Ireland with bizarre 'syringe' remarks

Ryan Nugent

Published 24/11/2016 | 13:49

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D centre with Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Shane Ross T.D left and FAI CEO John Delaney right at UEFA EURO 2020 Host City Logo Launch – Dublin at CHQ Building in North Wall Quay, Dublin today. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D centre with Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Shane Ross T.D left and FAI CEO John Delaney right at UEFA EURO 2020 Host City Logo Launch – Dublin at CHQ Building in North Wall Quay, Dublin today. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Taoiseach Enda Kenny bizarrely referred to drugs at the Tour de France’s Irish visit in 1998 when launching Dublin’s Euro 2020 logo, saying syringes were “falling out of suitcases” at the cycling event.

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Making a speech at the launch at the CHQ Building this morning, Mr Kenny referred to his involvement in bringing the Tour de France to the capital in the mid 90s.

Mr Kenny was tourism minister between 1994 and 1997.

“When I was back in tourism in the mid 90s, we had visits from Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche to bring the Tour de France, we made arrangements for that,” Mr Kenny said.

“I didn’t know and nobody else knew that when they came in 1998, the 200th anniversary of the French landing in Killala, it turned out not to be the best Tour de France’s for reasons that you will recall, syringes falling out of suitcases and so on,” he added.

The Taoiseach also pointed out a number of successful events held in Ireland such as the Ryder Cup and the Heineken Cup in recent years.

The Samuel Beckett Bridge was unveiled as the logo for Dublin as part of Uefa's brand theme of city bridges.

Dublin will be one of 13 different host venues across Europe.

Dublin is set to play host to three group matches and one last 16 clash, with Ireland - if they qualify - understood to be involved in at least two of those.

The FAI and Dublin City Council "collectively wore the green jersey" in winning the bid, according to FAI Chief Executive, John Delaney.

"All partners collectively wore the green jersey in winning the bid for these games which we expect will have a significant sporting, tourism and economic benefit for Dublin and Ireland," said Delaney.

"I would like to thank UEFA for awarding us host city status for this famous tournament. The hosting of these games gives us a great opportunity to grow football - particularly Street and Community football - and I am delighted that Robbie Keane has agreed to lend his support to leave a strong football legacy for the next generation.

"Also, I would like to wish Dundalk the very best of luck in their UEFA Europa League game against AZ Alkmaar tonight. Stephen Kenny's team have been terrific ambassadors for Irish football and I hope that they can progress further in the competition."

The Samuel Beckett Bridge was chosen as Dublin's host city logo. The bridge features as a universal symbol of connection and unity, which inspired the logo for the UEFA 2020 brand, which features the Henri Delaunay Trophy at the centre, surrounded by celebrating supporters. The tournament brand concept connects bridges of all 13 host cities.

The 12 other host cities for UEFA EURO 2020 are: Amsterdam (Netherlands), Baku (Azerbaijan), Bilbao (Spain), Brussels (Belgium), Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Copenhagen (Denmark), Glasgow (Scotland), London (England), Munich (Germany), Rome (Italy), St Petersburg (Russia)

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