Fine Gael Meath Senator, Ray Butler, has appealed to Irish airlines to reduce their prices and allow as many Irish fans as possible make Sunday’s game in Lyon.
“The one-nil win over Italy in the European Championships was magnificent and a proud moment for every Irish person. I want to congratulate the Irish team on their amazing performance and the outstanding result.
“Our Irish fans also did us proud last night and over the past two weeks. Their behaviour and sense of fun has promoted our country around the world. Fáilte Ireland could not have paid for all this amazing publicity.
“Now there is a responsibility on Irish airlines to keep the costs of travelling to the game on Sunday down.
“As the hunt begins for match and travel tickets for Sunday’s knockout game against hosts France, I’m pleading with Ryanair and Aer Lingus to please reduce their prices and let the ordinary person go to the match.
“Put the green jersey on Aer Lingus and Ryanair, reduce your prices and don’t let the ordinary man be priced out of the market.
“We must ensure the great Irish fans, who have done us all proud, are not exploited with high fares.”