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Paraic Duffy to step down as Director-General of the GAA

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. Director General Páraic Duffy says the GAA's Sky TV deal is for Irish people abroad first and foremost.

- - - those are his words, he also made reference to the fact that it was not for monatery reasons that the deal was done. When the "sky deal" topic was hot here on the HS forum a lot of posters came out here in defence of Director General Páraic Duffy and others who were responsible for getting the deal through, some of those posters have formed a different view since. When I posted my views on the deal back then they were either ignored or dismissed, yet there is snippets of my posts from then in some of the thumbs up posts on the "Páraic Duffy steps down" thread now.
I am consistant in my views on Páraic Duffy and his sky deal, I wasn't in favour of it then and I'm not in favour of it now. His lead in word's were, . Director General Páraic Duffy says the GAA's Sky TV deal is for Irish people abroad first and foremost. I was abroad but failed to see the Carlow/Monaghan game. However I did get to see the Carlow/London game, albeit, live.
He forget's about the thousands of people back home including OAP's who don't have access to sky, clubs or pubs to watch what was once their native, amateur, gaa football and hurling games that they subscribed to on a voluntary basis.
As for the super 8, - - ah, the list goes on.

supersub15 (Carlow) - Posts: 1773 - 26/01/2018 16:07:47    2070837

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Replying To AHP:  "Ewan always makes some good points, but he allows his anti Dublin agenda to negate everything else he has to say, and for that reason most people don't take him seriously.
He constantly quotes figures like the amount of games development money that goes into Dublin, yet refuses to actually use any form of logic when discussing it. He will quote how much per registered player that amounts to, but won't accept that coaching in schools (where the majority of the coaching is targeted) has absolutely nothing to do with registered players. Could you imagine the uproar if a GAA coach went into a school to take a class and put 75%-80% of the kids standing in a corner and told them "you can't take part, you're not part of our organisation". Joe Duffy et al would have a field day. It's because that he deliberately ignores facts like these that a lot of people ignore his ramblings.
At the end of the day the measure of Dublin as a team will be against the Kerrys and Mayos and whatever other teams are regularly getting to the latter stages of the championship, not against Carlow or Westmeath or anyone else in Leinster. The biggest problem within Leinster is that too many county boards have been asleep at the wheel for years. Take Dublin out of the equation, or divide them into twenty little pieces if you want, it still won't improve Kildare or Meath or anyone elses chances of winning an all Ireland, it just means one of the other top teams will beat them. Leinster football has been in the doldrums for quite a while. Even when Dublin were winning Leinster in the early noughties they routinely got their arses handed to them on the big stage, it's less than 10 years since Kerry and Tyrone destroyed us in quarter finals, Dublin have improved to the stage where they can compete with the best, and yes the coaching money has been a huge help, but it's the structures Dublin have in place that are making the difference, and that's a lot counties lack, the plan more so than the money.
A final word on Ewans love of Dublin, any man that posts a 6 word tweet at the final whistle in last years all Ireland final that read "b****cks, bo****ks, bol****s, boll****, b*****ks anyway" can't really claim to be an impartial voice in the debate."
AHP my apologies, I've sent you a detailed response in which I was stern but fair where but for some reason which the mods won't tell me they didn't post it.

The censorship on this forum for some is just unreal .

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 7198 - 26/01/2018 21:06:23    2070902

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The outgoing Ard Stiurothoir to be remembered for his robust defence of funding Dublin received & failing to acknowledge the advantages it bestows on Dublin particularly in contrast to struggling counties nationwide, the Sky deal & his comments on the viewing figures & the Diaspora, figures since proven to be decimated, the signing off of the largest percentage ever of all commercial GAA revenue to the GPA, the precursor to pay for play, the dismissal of the CPA & failure to recognise them officially & in that failing to recognise the haemorrhaging of members at club level from 18 upwards, removing the All Ireland from its traditional date/w'end, the introduction of the Super 8's & failure to legislate to counties & county managers that the April period be kept solely for club matches, this year will be the greatest ever shambles fixtures wise at club & county, the failure after so many years in office to tackle the payment of managers at club & county level, all they had to do was call in Revenue but then the high profile names would be outed in one massive scandal, this is the reason the GAA never tackled it, the absolute shambles in the advertisement & detail for the post of Ard Stiurothoir & having to change it, if the criteria for the highest position of office in the Association can't be done correctly what picture does it portray ? For all the talk of transparency & democracy within the Association, grassroots members are not shown salaries or pensions paid to those at the very top, why is this, what's to hide or would grassroots be shocked if they knew. The outgoing Ard Stiurothoir & Uachtaran will go down in history, for the wrong reasons in the eyes of many of the grassroots. Some mess left behind.

moc.dna (Galway) - Posts: 622 - 28/01/2018 10:53:03    2071279

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Replying To moc.dna:  "The outgoing Ard Stiurothoir to be remembered for his robust defence of funding Dublin received & failing to acknowledge the advantages it bestows on Dublin particularly in contrast to struggling counties nationwide, the Sky deal & his comments on the viewing figures & the Diaspora, figures since proven to be decimated, the signing off of the largest percentage ever of all commercial GAA revenue to the GPA, the precursor to pay for play, the dismissal of the CPA & failure to recognise them officially & in that failing to recognise the haemorrhaging of members at club level from 18 upwards, removing the All Ireland from its traditional date/w'end, the introduction of the Super 8's & failure to legislate to counties & county managers that the April period be kept solely for club matches, this year will be the greatest ever shambles fixtures wise at club & county, the failure after so many years in office to tackle the payment of managers at club & county level, all they had to do was call in Revenue but then the high profile names would be outed in one massive scandal, this is the reason the GAA never tackled it, the absolute shambles in the advertisement & detail for the post of Ard Stiurothoir & having to change it, if the criteria for the highest position of office in the Association can't be done correctly what picture does it portray ? For all the talk of transparency & democracy within the Association, grassroots members are not shown salaries or pensions paid to those at the very top, why is this, what's to hide or would grassroots be shocked if they knew. The outgoing Ard Stiurothoir & Uachtaran will go down in history, for the wrong reasons in the eyes of many of the grassroots. Some mess left behind."
Well said and I agree 100%.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 7198 - 28/01/2018 11:45:50    2071294

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