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RTE meet their match as Ryan up for camogie

RTE HAVE been told to show some 'gender equity' by broadcasting an 'Up for the Match' programmes to coincide with the camogie and ladies Gaelic Football All Ireland's.

Traditionally RTE only broadcast GAA specials on the eve of the hurling and football finals, but ignore the women's competitions.

In view of Wexford's qualification for the camogie All Ireland against Galway on September 11, Labour Cllr. Joe Ryan has now demanded fair play from the national broadcaster for the women's sports.

'I have written to the Controller for Programmes at RTE to ask that it would be considered in the interest of gender equity,' he said.

Cllr. Ryan said that given that the pairings for this year's All Ireland hurling final are the same as in 2009 and 2010, the concept of the programme would be boosted by extending participation to counties which qualify for the sports female equivalent.

'I acknowledge the achievement of Wexford's camogie team in qualifying again for another All Ireland. As mayor last year my path and that of the camogie team regularly crossed. I was struck by the level of commitment of all players and management to training, diet, social discipline and lifestyle,' he said.

'I see no difference in terms of what female and male players do at the top level to succeed and I would like to see RTÉ accept this in terms of its national coverage of the national games. Gender Equity has benefitted tennis enormously and will benefit Gaelic Games too,' he added.