Dublin South West TD and Dublin Spokesperson, John Lahart has said the removal of the county flags which had been flown in South Dublin to mark the men’s Dublin senior football team, is an outright insult to the ladies team who will compete in Coke Park in the Championship final this Sunday.

“During my time as a South Dublin County Councillor, I had arranged for the Dublin flag to be flown along the N81 to indicate support for our counties sport stars ahead of the All Ireland football final,” he said.

“These flags have been flown along the road for the lead up to All Ireland Sunday since the men’s Dublin football team first reached final in 2015.

“For another year running the Dublin ladies football team have reached their respective All Ireland final, another major accomplishment and equally as impressive. The ladies team continue to be a huge source of pride for countless Dubliners across the city.

“It’s therefore massively insulting and inexcusable that the same county colours were taken down this morning and removed in advance of this week’s Senior Ladies’ Football Championship final when Dublin will compete against Cork. Someone has really dropped the ball.

“Record crowds attended last year’s ladies final game of the season and women across all sports deserve equal respect and recognition.

“I’ve no doubt that this was not a deliberate or intended, but it does represent an ignorance of the equal importance of women’s sports,” he concluded.