GAA rejects Plunkett criticisms on hurling development

Laois manager claimed Association content with just few teams winning All-Irelands

Séamus “Cheddar” Plunkett: “Is the objective for the next 40 years to have an All-Ireland championship where only three counties can win it? Because we’ve had that for the last 40 years.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Séamus “Cheddar” Plunkett: “Is the objective for the next 40 years to have an All-Ireland championship where only three counties can win it? Because we’ve had that for the last 40 years.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

 
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“Work has gone into this on a number of different frontiers,” said GAA director of games Pat Daly. “Laois are one of the designated five counties for instance (a scheme that targets improvement at senior level for Laois, Offaly, Carlow, Antrim and Westmeath), and with the help of that and thanks to the work done by Cheddar Plunkett there has been an improvement.”

Plunkett had said the difficulties facing the game were more than about resources “It’s more that that,” he said. “Daly denied that the GAA was content to allow a limited number of counties compete.

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“What we are trying to do is to build sustainable systems providing games opportunities for as many as possible and up to as high a standard as possible . . . We’re happy that we’re making good progress but we know that it’s not perfect and that not everyone is happy with the rate of that progress but we’re also constantly reviewing what we do.

“We’ll be sitting down with Laois and discussing the best way forward.”

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