Sunday 22 April 2018

Think again on thuggery

Sir, -- The statement by GAA president Christy Cooney that the GAA was 'sufficiently well equipped' to deal with thuggery in Gaelic games is very complacent (Dermot Crowe, Sunday Independent, January 31, 2010).

Disciplinary reform has been shelved. It had worked well, improved discipline, speeded up the game and reduced fouls. It was a few votes short of a two thirds' majority in Congress.

The decision to shelve it is lunatic. We have seen what turning a blind eye to unacceptable practices has done to the banks, the Church and politics. Toleration of thuggery will destroy Gaelic games. Christy Cooney and the GAA hierarchy need to think again.

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