Sunday 25 February 2018

Wexford impose media ban

Andy McEntee: named completely different side. Photo: Sportsfile
Andy McEntee: named completely different side. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Media will not be permitted to attend Wexford County Board meetings, unless they are invited to do so.

A statement released yesterday insisted the move was aimed at encouraging the "strongest possible engagement by clubs at county board committee meetings" but also stated the "meetings will not typically be open to media attendance".

Instead officials have decided that details of meetings will be furnished to clubs and local journalists before they are released on social media.

Wexford outlined their reasons for the move, claiming it is in line "with the approach taken in other counties and at Provincial Council and Central Council level" while also stating that "personalised reporting has, in the past, caused great distress to GAA volunteers and their families".

A ban on media at county board meetings remains uncommon in the GAA. However, two years ago, reporters in Clare were asked to stop tweeting at one meeting.

Elsewhere, one-time Dublin footballer Stuart Lowndes is in line for his Meath debut tonight.

Lowndes, who is a brother of Dublin panellist Eric and lined out for the Dubs against Meath in the O'Byrne Cup in 2015, is down to start at wing-forward as the Royals take on DIT in Ashbourne tonight.

Manager Andy McEntee has named a completely different starting 15 from the one that hammered Wicklow in Navan on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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