GAA president says decision to suspend club activity down to lack of compliance

John Horan was asked to request greater compliance of public health messages

GAA president John Horan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

GAA president John Horan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

 

GAA president John Horan was asked last week by the then acting chief medical officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, to request greater compliance from the association membership in relation to events surrounding county finals.

It was the failure of that to engender better behaviour that triggered Monday’s decision by the GAA’s management committee to suspend immediately and indefinitely all club activity.

Speaking to RTÉ on Monday evening, Horan explained that the association felt that it had no option after further social media evidence of celebrations in clubs that did not observe public health guidelines.

“[We felt we had] no choice but to shut things down,” he told Marty Morrissey. “We did communicate during the week but felt that that message just wasn’t taken on board.

“Dr Glynn and myself had a conversation during the week when he asked me to ask for extra compliance throughout the organisation. Based on that we sent our communication out to the membership. Unfortunately we didn’t get what we required and we are where we are.”

Asked could action not have been taken earlier given the many examples of misbehaviour and the rising number of cases, the president said that they had tried to address the problem.

“We were working in the background, aware of the problems and asking people to take on board where issues had arisen and improve the performance but we felt today was the day when we had to take the hard decision.”

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