Politicians to face Hacks in Aviva challenge

No shifting of goalposts as politicians and footballers gear up for showdown in Aviva Stadium

Politicians vs the Hacks! ESB Charity Challenge 2013. With just weeks to go before the budget, TDs and senators are not only readying themselves for criticism from the public but are in training for a battle against reporters. Photograph: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

Politicians vs the Hacks! ESB Charity Challenge 2013. With just weeks to go before the budget, TDs and senators are not only readying themselves for criticism from the public but are in training for a battle against reporters. Photograph: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

Tue, Oct 1, 2013, 22:29

With just weeks to go before the budget, TDs and senators are not only readying themselves for criticism from the public but are in training for a battle against reporters.

Both sides have agreed to a showdown at the Aviva stadium on October 25th, in a bid to raise funds for Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and Concern Worldwide. The event is supported by ESB.

TDs, senators and a range of political reporters and news correspondents from the print and broadcast media attended the launch in the stadium yesterday, with FAI chief executive John Delaney and the competition trophy.

Speaking on the pitch, Mr Delaney said, “It looks like the TDs and senators are going to play on the same side for October 25th. I was joking that the senators and media would play against the TDs given the current state of affairs and the upcoming referendum.

“You see what work Temple Street do with sick children and what Concern do too. Supporting both charities is very important. We’re providing the facilities through our connections with the Oireachtas Supporters Club.”

Denise Fitzgerald, CEO of Temple Street’s fundraising office, said: “It’s really wonderful to see politicians and journalists coming together to support Temple Street.

Richard Dixon of Concern, said: “In this fun game between politicians and journalists everyone is a winner but especially the people that Concern works with – the world’s poorest families who struggle daily to survive on meagre resources. Brid Horan, Deputy Chief Executive ESB added: “We are delighted to support such a worthwhile charity event.”

Players from both teams togged out today, sporting some of the kit for the big event.

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