Boyd Barrett helps homeless charity net some vital funds
RICHARD Boyd Barrett was basking in the unaccustomed glow of universal adulation.
As one of the most outspoken TDs of the Dail, he is used to being shouted down for his socialist views. But this time it was different.
Mr Boyd Barrett was voted Man of the Match no less – as he helped the TDs win out against the Dail ushers in the traditional annual match raising money for the Homeless World Cup.
Scoring one goal himself, he also helped set up several others, nimbly aided by Paul Murphy MEP.
Among the TDs who took part were Joanna Tuffy, Sandra McLennan, Mary Mitchell O'Connor and Joan Collins.
The game was kicked off by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisin Quinn, taking time out of his busy day organising the special celebration for the Dublin footballers.
Playing her first competitive game in over 10 years, Ms Tuffy had to go off at half time.
"She played a stormer," said organisers.
Over 1,000 students came out to watch the game at the Pavillion in Trinity College yesterday, heckling good-naturedly at the politicians.
The event raised €3,000 for the Homeless World Cup, with €2,000 donated by sponsors Paddy Power and €1,000 by AIB bank.
"It was a great event and we had a beautiful day for it," said organiser Michael Moylan of the Irish Homeless World Cup soccer team.
"People can turn around and be critical of our TDs but I find them honest and open and if I ask them to take part, they never say no to me," he added.