'No point getting money to follow the sport, the money should be there upfront' - Call for Ross to reimburse hockey team

'No point getting money to follow the sport, the money should be there upfront' - Call for Ross to reimburse hockey team
Minister Shane Ross and members of the Irish women's Hockey team.

There is a call on the Sports Minister to reimburse the Ireland team who have made it to the women's Hockey World Cup final.

Fianna Fail TD for Cork East, Kevin O'Keefe, says Shane Ross should match his praise for them, by paying up their costs.

The hockey team face The Netherlands in today's final.

Ireland lose 6-0 to Holland in the final of the women's Hockey World Cup.

Deputy O'Keefe says Minister Ross needs to provide the money before teams do well.

The Minister needs to get more proactive. There is no point in getting money to follow the sport, the money should be put there upfront. Even before the team served the semi-final, they were out of pocket, he said.

Fianna Fail Cork East Deputy, Kevin O'Keefe, says Shane Ross should ensure the Irish women's hockey team have their expenses reimbursed.

He said: "Any team that goes abroad and represents our country should be helped out in any way possible given that these sports are recognised on the world scene.

They are on the world stage representing this country, doing this country proud and there is always a feel-good factor when we do ourselves proud on the national scene in the sports arena.

- Digital Desk

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