Sunday 17 December 2017

The safest thing now is not to be a member of the GAA

Like the Irish banks, the GAA stumbles from one disaster to another when it comes to disciplinary issues. The last few days should have offered the chance for some positive publicity with the strategic development plan and the highly successful coaching forum which has been taking place in Croke Park this weekend.

Yet the GAA is never far from meltdown when it comes to suspensions. Now it has emerged that Paul Devlin, a selector with Derry champions Ballinderry, has got himself off a 72-week suspension on the basis that he was not a member of the club and therefore could not be suspended by the Derry County Board. Devlin was given his time as a result of 'incidents' in the Derry county final when Ballinderry beat Slaughtneil.

Today Ballinderry, one of the great clubs in Derry and Ulster, play Crossmaglen in the Ulster club final.

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