Saturday 20 January 2018

Judge won't delay action against GAA on headgear regulations

Tim Healy

A JUDGE yesterday refused to postpone a High Court legal action by a hurling-helmet supplier that claims the GAA standard for junior headgear is too stringent and is causing it financial loss.

Cooper Leisure, Ballinasloe, Galway, claims it has suffered significant losses as a result of the standard required by the GAA. It claims its business is at risk and is asking the court to order the GAA to approve its junior helmet.

All senior and junior GAA hurlers must wear helmets that have passed the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) IS-355 test.

The court heard yesterday that Cooper was seeking to defer next month's hearing of its action until October.

David Nolan, for Cooper, said it would be calling 16 witnesses and one of them, from the NSAI, would not be available next month when the case was due to go ahead.

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy refused to postpone the date.

Cooper says its helmets have passed a European test to certify they met certain standards. Cooper says approving just IS-355 helmets is unfair on its junior model.

The GAA says only players wearing approved helmets will be insured. Cooper insists the younger model should be permitted as the GAA had previously accepted it.

Irish Independent

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