Wednesday 16 October 2019

'Dubs will be history makers' - Fine Gael duo go head-to-head for All-Ireland clash

Brendan Griffin and Emer Higgins show their colours
Brendan Griffin and Emer Higgins show their colours
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Two Fine Gael politicians are going head to head as their counties seek glory in this evening's All-Ireland decider at Croke Park.

Junior Sports Minister and Kerry TD Brendan Griffin has backed the Kingdom to win their first Sam Maguire title since 2014.

Meanwhile, party colleague and general election candidate Councillor Emer Higgins is adamant the Dubs will seal the Drive for Five at GAA headquarters this evening.

Mr Griffin said: "Kerry are up for the challenge of bringing Sam back to the Kingdom.

"We nearly had it last time out and I know the lads will give it their all tomorrow."

But Cllr Higgins is backing the Boys in Blue to claim an unprecedented fifth consecutive Sam Maguire title.

The West Dublin Fine Gael councillor said: "This Dublin team will be history makers.

"We should have sealed the deal last time and were very unlucky not to.

"I know the Dubs will do us proud this weekend."

Two weeks ago a thrilling final ended in stalemate but a winner will be determined in this evening's replay at Croker.

Meanwhile Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said yesterday Dublin should maybe leave room for another county to win the All-Ireland after they make history.

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Mr Vardakar, who is also a TD for Dublin West, laughed when asked whether he thought the capital's dominance of the football championship was bad for the game.

"No, I don't," he said. "There were 16 long years when we didn't win."

It is a big weekend for Dublin GAA as the ladies' team play Galway in the All Ireland football final tomorrow.

"I would love us to get the five in a row and would really love the ladies to win on Sunday," said Mr Varadkar.

"That would be the five in a row and the Dublin double so maybe after that, maybe after we have made history, we might let a different county win."

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