GAA did not have 'massive appetite to return in medium term' says Minister

February 11, 2021

A Covid 19 message at Croke Park during the 2020 Leinster SHC ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers has explained that the GAA had no great desire to return to play at the current time.

Chambers was speaking on the Claire Byrne Show on RTE Radio 1 following the announcement from the GAA that they did not expect to see a return to on pitch activity until Easter. This comes after the government indicated that Gaelic Games would not be given an exemption to be played under Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.

"They (the GAA) made it clear that there was not a massive appetite to return in the medium term," said Chambers.

"We had a very positive discussion with the GAA and the other organisations. They've made it very clear they want to support the public health effort. We've had more Covid-19 cases in January than all of last year. It's also important to say in the broader context of the Return to Sport, as the Taoiseach said this morning, in the next two weeks.”

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