Mixing sport and politics

It is not unusual for sporting figures on this island and across the world to go into politics, the late great Jack Lynch being a fitting example. However it is mildly surprising to see a fairly high profile sporting figure enter the political arena whilst still competing in sport professionally. Ulster rugby star, and former Irish international, Tyrone Howe has announced that he will be standing for the Ulster Unionists in the forthcoming elections. He joins the ranks of other former Ulster and Ireland players to become involved in politics in the north, such as Trevor Ringland (UUP and the One Small Step campaign) and Davy Tweed, DUP councillor, who has been involved in the disgusting picket at Harryville Catholic Church.

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