Ross rejects grandstanding claims for Irish Open no-show
Sports Minister Shane Ross has been accused of grandstanding by travelling to Portrush to cheer on Shane Lowry's British Open success - but skipping the Irish Open.
Mr Ross has faced criticism in the past for gatecrashing photo opportunities with Irish sports stars, including world champion boxer Katie Taylor's homecoming last month.
Fianna Fáil TD Mark MacSharry said yesterday that Mr Ross needed to show "less megalomania" when it comes to photo-ops.
"If there was a gold medal for the most opportunistic when a photocall presents itself there is no question that Minister Ross would win hands down," he said.
Clare politicians criticised Mr Ross for skipping the Irish Open in Lahinch earlier this month. Fine Gael senator Martin Conway said it was a "missed opportunity".
Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley, said it was a "pity" Mr Ross wasn't there.
Responding to Mr MacSharry last night, Mr Ross said junior minister Brendan Griffin had attended the Irish Open.
"I attended the Open in Royal Portrush last Sunday where I discussed with representatives of the Royal and Ancient with regard to the holding of future British Open golf events on the island of Ireland in the coming years," he added.