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Oireachtas should host reception for football star Stephanie Roche - Ellis

14 January, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Sports spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has called on the government to host a reception for Irish football star and FIFA Puskas Award Finalist Stephanie Roche. Ms Roche was only recently pipped to the award, placing second among many celebrated names of the world of football.

Deputy Ellis said;

"Stephanie is an inspiration to anyone interested in sports and particularly young Irish women, who may feel that women’s football is side-lined and neglected.

“An Irish International and professional for a top flight French club, Stephanie has become an icon of Irish sport around the world and a cause of pride for her community and the whole country. Her nomination for the Puskas Award was a great success in itself but she went on to become a finalist in the competition ahead of many much better known names, finally placing second with 33% of the vote.

"Sport is an essential part of living healthily. We as public representatives should take every opportunity to promote healthy living through sport and that includes recognising and respecting the successes of people like Stephanie Roche."

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