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Roscommon politician has a go at Dublin supporters complaining over €10 bus fiasco

Wayne O'Connor and Frank Roche

Published 04/04/2016 | 02:30

Dublin supporters arrive by coach before the game. Please note that the buses pictured are private buses that were no way involved in the confusion over fans charged
Dublin supporters arrive by coach before the game. Please note that the buses pictured are private buses that were no way involved in the confusion over fans charged

Fianna Fail councillor from Roscommon, Ivan Connaughton, won't be a popular figure in the capital after he took to Facebook to voice his 'surprise' at Dublin fans 'complaining' over claims they were asked to pay €10 for a complimentary bus journey

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Angry Dublin football fans said they will be looking for refunds after their side's clash with Roscommon was moved to Carrick-on-Shannon at the last minute yesterday.

Hundreds of fans had already begun their journey west when the game was switched after the pitch at Dr Hyde Park was ruled unplayable.

Some fans had stayed overnight in Roscommon ahead of the encounter while others travelling on public transport also found themselves in the wrong town.

Free buses were laid on to ferry the Dubs fans to and from Carrick-on-Shannon.

However, some supporters claimed they were told they would have to pay €10 to get on the bus.

Reacting to the incident on social media, Cllr Connaughtion wrote: "Surprised to hear the Dublin supporters complaining about a bus costing €10. In fairness Roscommon County Board do not have the financial resourses to pay the cost.

"I have no doubt when we come up to Dublin next Sunday we would have had complimentary travel on Dublin Bus and The Luas (If not on strike). And not to mention cheaper alcohol, food and accommodation.

"Sure if we had the financial assistance given to Dublin every year from the GAA, it would be Dublin coming down to play the All-Ireland and League champions today. Roscommom ABU."

Following an investigation, Roscommon GAA said it could "categorically state that no person was charged to travel on the complimentary bus service provided by Roscommon GAA".

However, it added that it had discovered that "other people hired buses from Roscommon to Carrick-on-Shannon".

One fan returning to Heuston Station last night told the Irish Independent that he did not even get to see the game because of the confusion.

"I want a refund because the whole thing was a joke," he said.

"We stayed down the night before, paid for a hotel and food and so on and then were told we would have to pay €10 for this shuttle bus. It's just not fair."

Dublin manager Jim Gavin said he knew it was possible the game would be moved.

"I think we all had an inkling that it was going to be switched to Carrick-on-Shannon, and I think the lesson to be learned from this is to make those calls early," said Mr Gavin.

His opposite number, Kevin McStay, said he had sympathy for the Dublin fans.

"We just have a rotten pitch in the Hyde, and when the weather is bad it becomes unplayable," he said.

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