Sunday 19 November 2017

Ross not ruffled by feather boa photo

Transport Minister Shane Ross was pictured with socialite Amanda Brunker at a GAA event
Transport Minister Shane Ross was pictured with socialite Amanda Brunker at a GAA event

Transport Minister Shane Ross has said he does not regret having his picture taken while socialising in a feather boa.

Mr Ross faced criticism this week for a photograph that appears to show him partying with socialite Amanda Brunker while bus workers are on strike.

Ms Brunker posted the photograph on social media with the caption "So… this happened last night".

Mr Ross said that he was attending a fundraiser for a local GAA club in his constituency, when the picture was taken.

"The feather boa was put on me for a few seconds and someone just took the photograph.

"It was a very nice and successful evening and we raised a lot of money. It was a very worthy cause and I wasn't going to cancel it."

When asked if he regrets posing in the picture, he said: "No. I'm the Minister for Sport and I have to support local clubs and I'm going to continue to do that.

"It was just a pleasant evening for a very good cause helping young people to get involved in the GAA club and raising funds for it," he said.

Irish Independent

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