Current UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor is one of the biggest and most recognizable athletes on the planet, but it’s in his native Ireland that fans adore him the most.
For that reason, there was actually a fan submitted proposal that made its rounds in December that asked for the Irish government to seriously consider putting the guy’s face onto the €1 coin because, you know, he should be idolized after his 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo at UFC 194.
The proposed artwork (seen above), was both hilarious and appropriate, but, unfortunately, Irish Parliament has passed on the idea following a meeting today to discuss the topic.
According to an Irish Times article, here’s why the idea was tossed out, considered to be “inadmissible”:
Committee chairman Pádraig MacLochlainn of Sinn Féin said that because the petitioner could not be contacted his idea had to be thrown out.
“Whatever the public may think of the merits of this petition I welcome the fact that it has drawn attention to our work,” he said.
Committee member Richard Boyd Barrett described McGregor as a phenomenon.
“We have no choice. There was a slight jokey element to the petition, the actual wording, so we can’t take it any further.
“There’s huge public interest in the suggestion because there’s a slightly more serious issue at stake, which is, how do we and should we pay tribute or commemorate or honour people in this country who have excelled,” he said.
So, it’s not as if the Irish legislature didn’t throw this idea out because it was so fucking insane to begin with, but because the fan who had submitted the proposal couldn’t be tracked down to help better explain it.
At least McGregor, who was really pushing for the idea to be approved via his Twitter account, still has his title belt to flaunt—though a country like Ireland paying for stuff with a coin that donned his face would have been so much more dope.