Monday 19 February 2018

In Brief: Donegal stick to guns in media row

GAELIC GAMES

Donegal County Board has re-affirmed its conditions for any press attending their convention.

In a strongly worded statement, the board hit out at press coverage and comments on social media sites as the row between the county executive and the press rumbles. The media will not be attending Sunday's convention because the executive had stipulated that it can go 'in camera' "retrospectively" at Sunday's meeting.

This decision has been heavily criticised by two senior county board delegates, Michael McMahon and Terence McGinley, who want to know why the clubs of the county were not informed about the controversial decision by the executive.

Donegal is the only county in Ireland to have introduced the 'in camera' retrospectively, a decision that has sparked hot debate in Tir Chonaill.

The statement reads: "An Coiste Bainistiochta of CLG Dhun na nGall wish to clarify that County Convention is a private meeting not a public meeting. Therefore, it reserves the right to extend an invitation to the press only if it so desires.

"We feel that we must express our extreme disappointment at the content of various online reports, comments by some press reporters on social media sites and articles that have appeared in the written press in recent days regarding our decision.

"We are also disappointed that it appears that you (ie, the press) have taken the definition of retrospective to the extreme. It is most unfortunate that you haven't accepted the condition in the spirit it was intended."

Cycling

Spanish cyclist Alejandro Marque's contract with Team Movistar has been cancelled following a report that he failed a drugs test after winning this year's Tour of Portugal. The 32-year-old allegedly tested positive for the banned substance betamethasone at the race in August.

"In view of the information which has come to light Alejandro Marque will now not form a part of the team and the contract between the two parties will not go ahead," Team Movistar said in a statement.

Squash

Defending champion Arthur Gaskin will play Conor O'Hare in the quarter-finals of the men's 'A' singles at the National Squash Championships in Fitzwilliam LTC, Dublin today.

O'Hare overcame Sean Conroy last night. Gaskin beat Michael Conroy.

Irish No 1 Madeline Perry begins her campaign to win a 14th national title when she takes on Fiona Power in the women's quarter-finals. Power beat Niamh Maher comfortably last night.

Michael Stewart put out Mark John Gilliland in the men's 'B' singles. Gilliland was leading 2-1 when Stewart took a tense fourth game 12-10 to level the score and then closed out the match in the tie-breaking fifth.

* The 'A' finals take place tomorrow from 2.15.

Irish Independent

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