“Time will get us all, but it’s cornered me earlier than I hoped. Every professional sportsperson always hopes to be able to leave their chosen sport on their terms but too often that’s not the case.
“I have had to take on board the medical advice that I have been given and after talking to Sheena and my family, I have taken the difficult decision to retire with immediate effect from playing rugby in order to ensure my future well being.
“I’m very proud to finish my career as a one club man having played amongst some of the best in the game, who are all like a family of brothers to me.
“My goal when I started my professional career 14 years ago was to leave the jerseys that I wore in a better place and I hope I have done that.
“Thank you to the IRFU, Leinster Rugby, all the coaches, medical staff, back room staff, sponsors, media, supporters and most importantly my wife, family, friends and fellow players for helping me to make my dreams come true.
“I’ve had the time of my life on and off the rugby pitch but now it’s time for the next chapter.”
A statement released by Jamie Heaslip this morning
It is with deep regret that I have decided to retire from professional rugby following medical advice. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all at Rugby Club Toulonnais for their understanding and support over the past few months.
Since sustaining the injury at the World Cup I have been fully focused on returning to fitness and starting an exciting new chapter for both myself and my family in Toulon.Unfortunately this will no longer be possible.
I have been blessed to be a professional rugby player for over 14 years and to be part of Munster and Ireland teams that have experienced success.
I have played with some of the best players to ever line out in the red of Munster and the green of Ireland and have had the privilege of captaining my country.
I would like to thank those at Young Munster RFC, Munster Rugby, the IRFU and Lions Rugby who have supported me over the course of my playing career.
Special thanks must go to my wife Emily for her unwavering support through the good and the bad and to my parents Michael and Shelagh.
Lastly I would like to thank everyone who has supported the teams I have been a part of. The support you have shown me is humbling and an immense source of pride for both myself and my family.
Paul O’Connell announcing his retirement this morning.
The 15 Ministers of State will have pension entitlements at the end of this Dáil’s term that would cost €19,789,274 if bought in the marketplace today, according to further analysis of the value of the pensions of political office holders conducted by The Irish Times.
Fine Gael Minister of State for Small Business John Perry will have a pension entitlement that pension providers would charge €2.2 million for if he was to buy it at today’s prices. He will also be entitled to a lump sum of €125,107.
The next most expensive pension entitlement is that of Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, whose pension would cost €2.16 million at today’s prices. He will also be entitled to a lump sum of €139,008.