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A Kerry GAA jersey at the World Cup – ‘Only a matter of time’ according to Deputy Brendan Griffin

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Kerry star David Clifford in the world famous green-and-gold jersey.

Kerry star David Clifford in the world famous green-and-gold jersey.

Kerry star David Clifford in the world famous green-and-gold jersey.

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Kerry Deputy Brendan Griffin said it’s only a matter of time before a Kerry GAA jersey shows up on our television screens at the World Cup Finals in Qatar.

The prediction was part of a question put to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney regarding the safety of Irish citizens intending to travel to Qatar for the games.

Speaking in the Dáil, the Fine Gael Deputy called for additional diplomatic assistance for the duration of the finals in case Irish people plan on travelling to Qatar.

He explained that most people are not used to the situation in the country, which has been criticised over its human rights record and treatment of LGBTQ+ people.

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“Even though we are not qualified for the World Cup, Irish fans may travel. There are very few sporting events around the world where one would not see a fella wearing a Kerry jersey. It is only a matter of time before we see one on the television screens,” said Deputy Griffin.

He strongly criticised the decision to grant Qatar the World Cup finals; a decision he believes is ‘born out of complete corruption’.

“My second concern is over the treatment of women and the LGBTQ+ community at this World Cup and, of course, it goes without saying, the treatment of migrant workers in the run-up to the World Cup as well,” Deputy Griffin added.

Minister Coveney said his Department is liaising closely with EU and international partners to provide the most accurate advice possible for citizens travelling to Qatar. He also called on Irish people to abide by the different customs and laws in Qatar.

“For the duration of the tournament, the Embassy of Ireland in the United Arab Emirates, UAE, which is accredited to Qatar, will have a presence on the ground in Qatar to provide consular assistance to any Irish citizens who may require it,” Minister Coveney said.

Deputy Griffin concluded: “The Minister cannot solve those problems, but I thank him for his response, and it is obvious the Department has been proactive in putting people on the ground. It is welcome and certainly allays my concerns.” 


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