BRIAN O’Driscoll found himself at the centre of a political scrum after his image was used in an election leaflet without his knowledge.
Cllr Jane Horgan-Jones, who’s running in the Clontarf ward in the May 23 Local Elections, used a picture of herself with the rugby hero as one of the images in her election pamphlets.
It was taken from the recent Freedom of the City ceremony in the Mansion House, which saw the honour given to the sports star (35) and Fr Peter McVerry.
However, the Leinster hero - who’ll play one of his final games against Ulster this weekend - has denied all links with Labour councillor Horgan-Jones.
He also said that he was in no way endorsing her as a candidate.
“Brian was unaware of the Labour candidate using a photo of him and her on her leaflet,” said his spokeswoman.
“The night of the freedom of the city, he stood for loads of shots with councillors so I’m presuming this is where it originates from.
“The inclusion of the photo is absolutely not an endorsement of this candidate.
“Brian gets his photo taken with literally thousands of people every year.”
Asked about his inclusion in her campaign leaflets, Cllr Horgan-Jones told
“No endorsement from either recipient is claimed anywhere on the leaflet,” she said.
The criminal barrister (29), who comes from the same northside suburb as O’Driscoll, previously spear-headed a campaign calling on Dublin City Council to bestow a civic honour on him.
She said it would be a great opportunity, given Brian’s success and that of the Irish team to encourage participation in sport, particularly in Clontarf.
Cllr Horgan-Jones suggested the council could offer “something along the lines of a bursary”.
She made her comments in 2011 after he was awarded a civic honour by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, making him an honorary southsider.
A graduate of King’s Inn, she became a member of the Labour Party in 2004 and has been a practising barrister for four years.
She replaced Aodhán O’Riordain on Dublin City Council in March 2011 is one of Ireland’s youngest Labour Party councillors.
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