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'Health before wealth' - fighter McGregor in €1m virus pledge

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Conor McGregor is paying for protective equipment

Conor McGregor is paying for protective equipment

Conor McGregor is paying for protective equipment

Conor McGregor has pledged to donate €1m for personal protective equipment for frontline healthcare staff fighting the spread of coronavirus.

The UFC star made the promise in reply to a private message allegedly sent from Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe's Twitter account.

Mr Donohoe reportedly messaged the Crumlin fighter to suggest he "give some thought" into how he speaks about social distancing, before congratulating him on his success and wishing his family well.

In the post on Twitter accompanying the images, McGregor wrote: "Thank you sincerely for your message, Minister Paschal Donohoe."

The 31-year-old went on to give his reply, saying he was buying the equipment for "brave" healthcare workers in Leinster hospitals.

"Today I am purchasing myself €1m worth of personal protective equipment to be deployed to all the fighting hospitals in the Leinster region, our most affected region to this date," the post read.

"St James, Mater, Tallaght, Beaumont, Vincent's. Where would we be without these brave men and women I do not know.

"May God bless them and keep them safe! We need more units on the street to enforce this lockdown."

The mixed martial arts star also called for airports and building sites to be closed.

"It has been too lax! I seen yesterday though that this has been given more of a push. I was happy to hear and I am eager to see it in effect," he wrote.

"Building sites should be closed. They are open for what? We can always build again after this. In every way. But we must put health before wealth.

ENCOURAGING

"Bingo halls is not enough. You think a building site canteen is going to separate? Or on-site while working together? The airport situation is currently not good enough also. If not the worst of them all.

"I feel like we are moving in the right way, it just feels to me like it is not all the way. I urge all the way."

In a further tweet last night, McGregor wrote: "18,000 tests completed with a 94pc success rate is an incredibly encouraging statistic.

"Motivation for us all to keep pushing on during these times!"