Taoiseach Micheāl Martin has congratulated Sam Bennett on winning the green jersey at the Tour de France.
Mr Martin took to Social Media to commend the Irish cyclist on his fantastic achievement.
Posting on Twitter the Cork politician wrote: “Huge congratulations to Sam Bennett on winning the green jersey at the Tour de France. Just rewards for a brilliant performance and capped off with magnificent stage win on the Champs-Élysées.”
Following suit, the Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin, and Government Chief Whip and Minister for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers, also offered a pat on the back to the exceptional athlete.
Minister Martin said “I am delighted to congratulate Sam Bennett on winning the prestigious green jersey at the Tour de France. This year’s race was particularly demanding and holding off seven-time winner Peter Sagan to retain the green jersey from Stage 10 was a fantastic achievement.
“To win with one of his dream teams as a child must make the victory all the more satisfying and I have no doubt that his teammates at Deceuninck–Quick-Step, his family and friends and everyone in Carrick-on-Suir are extremely proud of him today.” Minister Chambers said “Congratulations to Sam on winning the green jersey in the Tour de France today. It is 31 years since another native of Carrick-on-Suir, Sean Kelly, won the green jersey for a fourth time and your achievement today is a fantastic boost to cycling in Ireland.
“Winning the green jersey is just reward for all the hard work and dedication you have shown to your sport over the last few years and I would like to wish you continued success in the future.”