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A Green Party Senator has called for the IRFU to consider allowing the Leinster Rugby Schools Senior Cup Final to be played.

Senator Vincent P Martin issued the request during a speech in the Seanad yesterday.

The final between Newbridge College and Clongowes Wood was due to take place in March but was postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Mr Martin said there was a "window of opportunity for about one more month" for the final to be played.

He questioned in the Seanad: "Is there any way at all that the IRFU could, even if it means very few people are present, give those people a well-deserved day in the sun and have this Kildare Derby, it would be such a spectacle."

He issued a query to the IRFU whether there was "any feasible, viable way" of playing the match.

Mr Martin said the players had trained for six years "to get to the promised land", only for it to be "ripped away from them" by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He added: "Is it possible to put on that match? It would make so many families and two brilliant and their supporters and everyone so happy that we can defeat the pandemic and if there's a way of doing it that adhered to health and safety it would be a spectacular boost to those young adults as they enter the next chapter of their lives."

He said he has written to the IRFU about the request.

Other business discussed in the Seanad yesterday included Residential Tenancies and Valuation Bill 2020 which was signed into law by President Michael D Higgins today.

Main image: Green Party Senator Vincent P Martin speaking in the Seanad on Friday. Image via Oireachtas TV

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