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Editorial: U-turn from IRFU is a nod to our reality

THE change of mind by the Irish Rugby Football Union on its controversial decision to charge fans €340 to attend Ireland's matches in the new Aviva Stadium is welcome.

Fans were furious when first told they would have to pay that amount for series tickets as part of an inflexible package deal.

Now supporters have the option of buying one of two ticket packages for the Guinness 2010 series, in which the Irish squad plays South Africa, Samoa, New Zealand and Argentina.

Many fans would have been unable to stump up the full amount and it is only right that as many as possible are able to watch the games in the magnificent new Aviva Stadium.

The IRFU is simply recognising the harsh financial reality that household incomes are under pressure and scarce disposable income is being very carefully disbursed.

With more than 450,000 claiming unemployment benefit and retail sales down, it's a lesson others would be wise to learn.