Green Party Senator pleads with IRFU to play the Leinster Senior Schools Final
"It would be a spectacular boost to those young adults as they enter the next chapter of their lives."
Green Party Senator Vincent P Martin has called on Irish Rugby to allow the Leinster Rugby Schools Senior Cup Final to be played.
Speaking in the Seanad on Friday, Martin urged the rugby body to allow the players "to get to the promised land" and "have their moment in the sun" following their hard work.
The Leinster Schools Senior Cup Final between Newbridge College and Clongowes Wood was due to take place in March but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Martin said there is a window of opportunity for a month to play this game before the players go off their separate ways.
"Is it possible to put on that match?" Martin asked.
"You would make so many families and two brilliant school teams and their supporters and everyone so happy that we can defeat the pandemic and if there's a way of doing it that adheres to health and safety it would be a spectacular boost to those young adults as they enter the next chapter of their lives."
He added: "It means so much to those young children, they’re not young children they’re adults now, but they started for six years to get to the promised land, have their moment in the sun, and the pandemic has ripped it away from them."
See Seanad speech re: unplayed Leinster Cup Sen. Schs. final '20. I have written to @IrishRugby requesting a review to see if this match could still take place in a safe environ.@NewCol_Official @clongowes @NaasRFC @NewbridgeRugby @ClaneRFC @NaasBall @kfmradio #naas #newbridge pic.twitter.com/PVzPFZN9dK
— Senator Vincent P Martin (@VincentPMartin1) July 31, 2020
Martin is a brother of Green Party TD Catherine Martin and was one of Taoiseach Micheál Martin's nominees for the Seanad.