Wednesday 21 February 2018

Council wants GAA to reconsider Sky deal

WEXFORD COUNTY Council is to write to the President of the GAA, calling on him to reconsider his decision to have GAA games broadcast on Sky Sports.

At yesterday's (Monday's) council meeting, former County Wexford hurler Martin Storey described the move as a disgrace and against the community spirit of the GAA.

'The elderly are the founder members of our GAA clubs and they can't watch Wexford play because they don't have Sky,' he said.

Cllr Michael Kinsella, who brought the motion calling for the GAA to sideline its Sky Sports GAA plan, said: 'It is a travesty that they are making this decision after 30 years of claiming they would not go down the road of pay TV, and that some of our national games will now not be available to our national broadcaster.'

'The GAA has gone a step too far. We need to make a statement from this chamber on this,' he added.

Cllr Declan MacPartlin suggested that the council could call on the GAA to fund Sky subscriptions for local clubs so people didn't have to go to pubs to watch them.

The motion was passed by majority with only Cllr Denis Kennedy not in favour of the plan, saying Irish people living abroad, like two of his children who are in Australia, will be able to watch their national sport in all corners of the world thanks to the deal.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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