Monday 23 October 2017

Football fan fails to bring challenge over 2010 goal

Aodhan O'Faolain

A PENSIONER cannot bring a challenge over a controversial goal by Meath which was allowed to stand in the 2010 Leinster football final against Louth, the High Court ruled.

Paddy Garvey (75) wanted the court to give him permission to bring judicial review proceedings over the awarding of Meath's winning goal in the Leinster SFC final at Croke Park, when Meath's Joe Sheridan infamously threw the ball over the line to deny the Louth the Leinster championship.

In his ruling today Mr Justice Michael Peart refused his application saying, among other reasons, that he had not made out an arguable case.

Mr Garvey issued a summons, under the District Court Rules compelling the GAA President to come before the court on a charge of alleged corruption.

He said he issued the summons because Meath won the game, and were awarded "the Leinster medals", despite that GAA rules were clearly breached by allowing the goal, scored in the last minute of the game, to stand. His summons was struck out by the District Court in July 2011.

He appealed that ruling to the Circuit Court and last March Judge Alison Lindsay, upheld the District Court's decision to dismiss Mr Garvey's summons.

Mr Garvey sought permission from the High Court to have Judge Lindsay's decision judicially reviewed because he claimed she failed to give reasons why his case was being dismissed.

Today Mr Justice Peart said Mr Garvey had failed to make out in his application that the Circuit Court Judge had made an error in law or that the process in which the Circuit Court made the decision to dismiss his application was flawed.

His application had also been made outside of the time limits allowed, the judge said. He added he was not surprised that the both the Circuit Court and District Court had dismissed the application.

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