Concern that elderly will suffer
'IF THIS injustice is allowed to go unopposed then rural Wexford and our elderly population will be failed by the very organisation they spent a lifetime building and supporting.'
This is the view of Wexford GAA County Development Officer Ger Carthy, who has hit out at the GAA governing body's failure to adhere to the Martin McAleese Social Inclusion Initiative, which it is supposed to champion.
Mr Carthy said that as an organisation sustained by voluntary effort, the GAA had a duty to care for people unable to afford Sky, pointing out that many elderly Wexford people won't be able to afford to pay €64 per month to watch the games on Sky.
'I feel that the issues surrounding the sale of media rights off to a foreign-based media company should be of concern to all citizens and not just the GAA,' said Mr Carthy, who is standing as an Independent candidate in the local elections.
He said Wexford people have given loyal service to the GAA and are constantly supporting Gaelic games at parish and county level.
'This support, added to paying for their TV licence, should ensure that all Wexford people have equal rights to free view of all 45 games of our national sport and not be confined to just 31 games with the remainder dependant on your ability to pay. As a community activist and a dedicated GAA volunteer, I am adamant that this discrimination must be opposed.'
Mr Carthy said the GAA has its very foundations at club and parish level and is not the preserve of an elite few.
Mr Carthy added: 'I would be concerned to older people. Television is a very important support for them, particularly people who are housebound, and the GAA is very close to their hearts.'