GAA asks for ‘empirical evidence’ on new sporting restrictions

Offaly chairman Michael Duignan ‘at a loss for words’ over decision to ban crowds

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn. Photograph: Tom Honan

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn. Photograph: Tom Honan

 

The GAA has asked the acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn to meet and present the evidence behind Tuesday’s Government decision to restrict sporting activity.

NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) made recommendations that matches should be behind closed doors and that training outdoors should be restricted to 15 people. The measures come less than a month before intercounty training is due to restart and with county championships entering critical phases up and down the country.

The GAA have a number of clarification requests to put to Government, including whether an exemption for ‘elite sports’ applies to any of their activities as well as whether parents can attend children’s matches.

Offaly chair and RTÉ Sunday Game pundit Michael Duignan also taken aback on the station’s Six One News.

NPHET letter to the Minister for Health

“I’m at a loss for words this evening, really disappointed again. I’d just love to know where the evidence is coming from to support this. We obviously know we’re in a pandemic, we’ve been through a lot over the last six months. From day one, the GAA have led the charge, we’ve closed down our facilities.”

Offaly is one of three counties, with Kildare and Laois, to have been placed in a regionalised lockdown just over two weeks ago. According to Dr Glynn this will be reviewed next Thursday.

The GAA’s statement in full reads:

“Following this evening’s unexpected announcement the GAA invites Dr Ronan Glynn and NPHET to present the empirical evidence which informed the requirement for the Association to curtail its activities.

“The association will tonight be issuing an invitation to Dr Glynn to meet with its Covid Advisory Group in this regard without delay. The GAA and its members remain at all times committed to protecting public health.”

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.