AN MEP has called on
the GAA to fund Sky packages at its local clubhouses
so people are not prevented from enjoying their
Marian Harkin MEP said the GAA had been sustained by
voluntary effort since its foundation and therefore
had "a duty of care" to ensure its deal with Sky did
not put people at a disadvantage.
She said the GAA should now set up screens in local
clubs and pay a Sky subscription for the restricted
"Older people in particular who cannot get to games
and children who should not be required to go to a
pub to view GAA games must be provided with the
opportunity to view all televised games", she said.
"The GAA should consider paying the Sky service fee
and help to provide an appropriate screen in GAA
clubs, in the first instance, or community halls.
"GAA clubs themselves would be very capable of
organising transport, if necessary, for people to
view games in clubs or community halls. This would
avoid a situation where people who do not wish to
have Sky service or cannot afford it, are precluded
from enjoying GAA games, the development of which
many of them contributed so much," added the
Independent member of the European Parliament.