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Far more needed than opening GAA pitches for children to feel a part of society again

Dick Clerkin



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Dick Clerkin says there is far more needed than opening GAA pitches for children to feel a part of society again

Dick Clerkin says there is far more needed than opening GAA pitches for children to feel a part of society again

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Before we can consider allowing parents bring their children back to our GAA pitches, we need to feel comfortable bringing them into the shop for an ice-cream. Stock Image

Before we can consider allowing parents bring their children back to our GAA pitches, we need to feel comfortable bringing them into the shop for an ice-cream. Stock Image

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Dick Clerkin says there is far more needed than opening GAA pitches for children to feel a part of society again

Last week, a 'Children Not Allowed' sign in bold capitals greeted me as I arrived to carry out a return to work assessment for a small business owner. It grated on me but, biting my tongue, I had to accept this had become the 'new normal'.

If a business owner attempted to put up such a sign for any other age profile, race, or ethnicity they would be instantly ostracised.

From the beginning of this pandemic, however, children have been fair game and since the term 'vectors' entered our vocabulary, they were helplessly labelled 'high risk'.