Saturday 25 February 2017

GAA discipline in chaos following DRA rulings

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

Donegal's Rory Kavanagh is gutted by Saturday's defeat to Monaghan, a game in which Paul Finlay returned from suspension
Donegal's Rory Kavanagh is gutted by Saturday's defeat to Monaghan, a game in which Paul Finlay returned from suspension

Gaelic football and hurling have provided wonderful entertainme-nt, excitement and drama over the past few weeks as the championship season reaches its height.

The Cork-Galway hurling game and this weekend's games between Down and Laois, Monaghan and Donegal and Kildare and Limerick have added greatly to the enjoyment and helped us forget the dismal summer. That is what the GAA season always does at this time of year and for hundreds of thousands of Irish people it is therapeutic, as well as providing memorable sporting occasions.

However, this summer has not quite been the same because, lurking in the background of the excitement and the drama, there stalks the presence of the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA), which seems to be hanging like a Sword of Damocles over the games. Week after week, the airwaves and pages of Irish sport have been dominated by DRA activities involving big names such as Paul Galvin, Colin Moran and Paul Finlay, among others.

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