Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Robert Troy TD, has said the Union Cup, Europe’s biggest LGBT+ inclusive rugby tournament, will bring hugely positive knock-on effects to Dublin this weekend.

Deputy Troy was commenting as the two-day festival kicks off in Dublin City University (DCU) with 45 teams from 15 countries participating. He said, “This year marks the first year that a dedicated women’s tournament will also take place and demonstrates the openness and inclusivity that we should all strive for in sport.

“I think it’s particularly timely in the run up to Dublin’s Pride weekend that this tournament takes place and puts Ireland on the world stage as a welcoming nation. Many improvements have been made since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1993, culminating in the passage of the 2015 referendum on marriage equality, but there is still some way to go in promoting inclusivity.

“The involvement of the IRFU illustrates the importance with which the tournament is being treated and demonstrates their desire to make sport accessible for LGBT individuals, along with the promotion of health and wellbeing.

“I believe it will have very positive and beneficial impacts on Dublin and Ireland as a whole”, he concluded.