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Monday 18 December 2017

Donal Og courted for election run

TRIPLE All-Ireland medal winner Donal Og Cusack (33) is being courted by two political parties for a potential General Election bid.

The Cork hurling goalkeeper -- who became Ireland's first major sports star to admit that he is gay with his best-selling memoir last year -- is now being linked with both Sinn Fein and the Labour Party.

The Cloyne GAA star was unavailable for comment on the matter. However, Herald sources indicated that he has been "sounded out" by at least two political parties about a possible career in politics.

Sinn Fein is understood to view the 33-year old as the ideal standard-bearer in the four-seat Cork East constituency. However, SF has denied that any such candidacy offer was ever formally made to Mr Cusack.

Labour, meanwhile, also had indirect contacts with the GAA star amid a growing belief that they could replicate their 'red tide' triumph of 1992 in the next General Election.

A Labour Party official denied that the hurler was offered a place on the party's General Election ticket or that any official talks took place -- but sources confirmed the indirect contacts.

Recently, Mr Cusack was invited to deliver an address at the An Phoblacht Autumn School in Ballyvourney, Co Cork.

The outspoken hurler warned that Ireland now needed to refocus on the delivery of social justice in the current grim economic climate. "We cannot simply change the Government, prosecute a few bankers and hope that we will have a different Ireland," he said.

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