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GAA games should be free to air over the next few weeks

4 June 2021

Statement by Senator Mark Wall
Spokesperson on Defence, Tourism and Sport
  • Sky Sports and GAA should allow games to be broadcast on free to air channels over next six weeks.

With the upcoming senior GAA inter-county games only available to view with a Sky Sports subscription, Labour sports spokesperson Mark Wall has called on the games to be made free to air when spectators are limited to 200 people.

Senator Wall said:

“I’m calling on Sky Sports to do the right thing and make these matches free to air while spectators are limited to 200 people. The GAA is such a source of pride and joy, and people found the games last winter so thrilling in the midst of the Covid doom and gloom. With a subscription charge of €81 per month, the cost is prohibitive to many people who love the game.

“These games should be free to air. We are living in unprecedented times, and with crowds limited at the games, these matches should be available to watch by all.

“It’s an important boost to people’s mental health that the games are going ahead. Sport is an important outlet for so many people and central to who we are as a country.

“I am calling on Sky Sports and the GAA to agree to allow these games to be broadcast on free to air TV channels so that all people can enjoy the matches during the next few months.