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Colm O'Rourke: Breathtaking lack of consistency hangs refs out to dry

Players and officials can learn a lot from the Connolly controversy, says Colm O'Rourke

Published 11/09/2011 | 05:00

When Judge Robert Rolfe gave his judgement in the Winterbottom v Wright case in 1842 he could hardly have envisaged that his words could have as much relevance almost 170 years later for the GAA.

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The judge said: "This is one of those unfortunate cases, in which it is no doubt a hardship upon the plaintiff to be without a remedy but by that consideration we ought not to be influenced. Hard cases are apt to introduce bad law".

Enter Diarmuid Connolly and the Central Hearings Committee.

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