Wednesday 20 November 2019

Colm Parkinson: After the Clare saga, it's hard to disagree with Joe Brolly's recent 'slave' comments

When Joe Brolly called Gaelic footballers indentured slaves recently, I thought he was being dramatic. But after the latest revelations from the Clare hurling panel, it’s hard to disagree with his description.
When Joe Brolly called Gaelic footballers indentured slaves recently, I thought he was being dramatic. But after the latest revelations from the Clare hurling panel, it’s hard to disagree with his description.

Colm Parkinson

When Joe Brolly called Gaelic footballers indentured slaves recently, I thought he was being dramatic. But after the latest revelations from the Clare hurling panel, it's hard to disagree with his description.

I'm glad the GPA has decided to investigate the claims. They are the players union and really the only protection players have from omnipotent managers.

Codes of conduct are now the norm within inter-county football and hurling panels, and the rules players are signing up to are not reasonable. If the Clare example is anything to go by, then the punishments for breaking these rules are incredibly severe.

The GPA should be privy to these codes of conduct and should draft their own guidelines as to what is fair and reasonable for amateur players to sign up for. Managers have too much power and county boards are too weak to stand up to them, so players suffer.

For Davy O'Halloran to feel 'humiliated' at training should sound alarm bells in the GPA. They are investigating the incident and I'm looking forward to what their reaction will be if the allegations are true.

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