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Dublin County Board chairman denies attacking Leinster Rugby in jersey row

Andy Kettle claims the “flourishing professional franchise” wearing blue to which the Strategic Plan alludes was not a reference to the province’s rugby team.

Kettle defended Dublin's recently released Strategic Plan.
Kettle defended Dublin's recently released Strategic Plan.

DUBLIN COUNTY BOARD Chairman Andy Kettle has rubbished claims that they were upset about Leinster’s alleged “subliminal exploitation” of the team’s “unique sporting hue”.

Speaking on Newstalk show Off the Ball, Kettle points out that their newly released development plan never mentions Leinster directly.

In response to the claims, he said:

“I certainly would not buy into going head to head with any other code, or any other sport. We all have our own niches, we all have our own area and we all do our own things, so if Leinster are upset or perturbed in anyway I would apologise, but there was no mention of them – good, bad or indifferent – at the launch of the plan.”

The plan refers to Dublin having to compete with a “flourishing professional franchise” wearing blue, however Kettle denied that this was a reference to Leinster.

When asked to suggest who specifically the plan was referring to, Kettle simply stated that “if somebody takes it as an interpretation of Leinster, it certainly would not be mine”.

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