DUP assembly member Arlene Foster is unhappy that removing graffiti celebrating Tyrone’s 2003 All-Ireland football victory over Armagh will cost the princely sum of 1,000 pounds sterling.
She has written to the UK’s Department of Regional Development to get the estimate for removing “Welcome Home Sam” signs in the area.
Foster said the GAA should pay for the removal of what she calls the “despicable and inconsiderate” signs, claiming it is an unwanted burden on the ordinary, decent taxpayer.
Granted the GAA could afford it, especially considering they’ll make 2 million euro a match if congress decides in April to open up Croke Park to rugby and football, but should it?
Is it acceptable for Foster to expect the GAA to pay and is it acceptable for her to use the word “despicable” about the “welcome home Sam” slogans considering a total of over 100,000 people were on hand when Peter Canavan returned with the trophy and that the win gave such a boost to the county?
Is it also not safe to assume that the majority of Foster’s “ordinary, decent” Tyrone taxpayers actually cheered on their county, came out to welcome the team home with said Sam and certainly would be more offended by Foster’s commnents than the graffiti?
I don’t know how many taxpayers there are in Tyrone but surely a thousand nicker between the lot of them is hardly a burden and surely the amount of tax revenue from alcohol sales alone in the county on All-Ireland day would cover such an insignificant bill?