Tuesday 20 March 2018

Leave hurling to hurling counties – Dunne

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Liam Dunne wants more than half the counties in the country excluded from the decision-making process relating to top-flight hurling.

The outspoken Wexford manager is disappointed that a proposal to split Division 1 of the Allianz Hurling League into two groups of seven was narrowly rejected by Central Council last Saturday and believes that only counties directly involved should have a vote in future decisions.

"Why should counties where football dominates have a say in how to run Division 1 of the hurling league? It doesn't concern them, yet they have the same say as the hurling counties. That's not right," he said. "Fifteen counties compete for the hurling championship, so surely they should be allowed to decide the best way to run off Division 1 of the league," he said.

It's a view which runs contrary to GAA policy where each county has one vote on Central Council, but Dunne insists it would benefit hurling.

"I'm all for doing everything to promote hurling all over the country, but that's different to allowing every county to vote on competition structures when many of them will never be affected by them. There are some counties who couldn't care less about hurling, so why should they have a vote to decide what Division 1 should look like next year?" he said.

Wexford suffered another disappointment when the 1B fixtures for next season handed them three (of five) away games for a second successive year. It also matched them with Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds for a second year in a row.

"We travelled to Limerick this year, so surely they should be coming to Wexford Park next year. And why have we got three away games for a second successive year? Something doesn't add up," said Dunne.

Irish Independent

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