Wednesday 22 October 2014

Grimley insists he has 'basic human right' to ignore media after latest no-show

Published 07/08/2014 | 02:30

Manager Paul Grimley offered no explanation why Armagh withdrew from a scheduled media event ahead of their All-Ireland quarter-final against Donegal. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Manager Paul Grimley offered no explanation why Armagh withdrew from a scheduled media event ahead of their All-Ireland quarter-final against Donegal. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE

Team manager Paul Grimley insists that no media ban applies despite Armagh's no-show for a planned interview event yesterday.

"I am not under any contractual obligation to speak to any element of the media. I have a basic human right to speak to whom I choose and I will continue to exercise that right," he said.

He offered no explanation as to why Armagh withdrew from a media event, fixed for the Carrickdale Hotel, Dundalk, yesterday, where assistant manager Peter McDonnell and team captain Ciarán McKeever were due to meet the media.

It had been agreed between the Armagh County Board and Croke Park, who were notified of the cancellation hours before the event.

Alan Milton, head of GAA media relations, said Armagh had informed Croke Park they were unable to fulfil the engagement.

In an interview with John Campbell in the Belfast Telegraph, Grimley lashed out at sections of the media, accusing them of "juvenile journalism".

"There are journalists who make the point that no one would be interested in Armagh anyway so it's baffling to see them continue to write about us.

"It's also disturbing that journalists north and south have seen fit to continually refer to the team management and county board in derogatory terms. The county board and executive in Armagh are people who are held in high esteem and do not deserve to be vilified by any journalist," he said.

He also pointed out that Kevin Dyas, Stefan Campbell and Ciarán McKeever spoke after being presented with their man-of-the-match awards in recent weeks.

Dyas attended a media function in Croke Park last week but left without being interviewed after a photo session.

"Croke Park were informed in advance that Kevin would be present for the photos but would not stay for the interviews," said Grimley.

A statement from Croke Park said that the GAA were "endeavouring to ensure that Armagh players and management figures will be available for interview at Croke Park this weekend before and after the county's All-Ireland quarter-final meeting with Donegal."

Sky Sports are covering the game live on Saturday (4.0), followed by Dublin v Monaghan (6.0).

Irish Independent

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