Swim star turns tables in homecoming row

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Irish swimmer Michelle de Bruin last night turned the tables on the Dublin government in a row over plans to stage no official welcome for her return from the European Championships in Spain.

After stressing that she did not see the move as a snub, De Bruin - who has already won three medals at the European event to add to the four she collected at last year's Olympic Games - invited Sports Minister Dr Jim McDaid to a reception of her own. which will be held near Dublin Airport on Monday.

Earlier Dr McDaid said he did not want to organise a ministerial airport welcome as he believed the spotlight should focus exclusively on the multi medal-winner. Distancing his decision from drugs-linked controversy that has dogged De Bruin's success, Dr McDaid said he would abe "delighted" to attend the reception. "I was merely making the point that airport homecomings were not the place for politicians."