Taoiseach congratulates Mark Rohan and Jason Smyth on their second gold medals and Catherine O'Neill on her silver medal at London 2012 Paralympics


7 September 2012

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, has tonight congratulated Mark Rohan and Jason Smyth on their fabulous achievement of winning double gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics. Mark Rohan, who had already won the 8km race on Wednesday, today won the 48km H1 Road Race while Jason Smyth added the 200m T13 gold medal to his 100m medal in World Record time. The Taoiseach also extended his congratulations to Catherine O'Neill who won a fantastic silver medal in the F51/52/53 Women's Discus.

The Taoiseach said, "I would like to extend the congratulations of the whole country to Mark, Jason and Catherine on their fantastic achievements at the London 2012 Paralympics today. Winning a medal at any major championships is a tremendous achievement but to win at the highest stage of them all proves an athlete to be one of the best in the world not just physically, but mentally too. To win two gold medals at the one games is an unbelievable accomplishment and it shows that Mark and Jason are two of the leading athletes in the world."

Today's medals bring Ireland's medal total to 16, including 8 golds. The Taoiseach added his congratulations to the entire team saying, "The London 2012 Paralympics team have surpassed all expectations at London 2012. Their families and the whole country are immensely proud of all their achievements and we look forward to welcoming them back to the country and to their local communities next week. Before then we hope for another memorable weekend as the games draw towards a close."