Wednesday 20 November 2019

Sport sponsorship had no role in bank bailout

POLITICS and sport do not mix well and should be kept separate at all times. We all remember the controversy surrounding the English national anthem being played at Croke Park.

This is no different to bringing the question of sport sponsorship into the debate on a political decision to bail out banks.

We all know the banks were reckless and that there are many people to blame, but suggesting that the sponsorship of Bank of Ireland in some ways favours private schools with a rugbyplaying tradition is at the very least a farce.

I played for the senior rugby team of a non-fee paying community school in the Dublin 24 area. Every single person on the team was offered schoolboy tickets to every game, whether it was held in Lansdowne Road, Croke Park or the RDS, and thanks to this we got to see first-hand our national side triumph over the current world champions.

Readers need to get their facts straight before they go throwing around accusations on matters which they clearly know little or nothing about.

BRIAN O’FLANAGAN

DUBLIN 24

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