Fitzpatrick confident Government will allow the GAA to go ahead

February 15, 2021

Louth county board chairman Peter Fitzpatrick.

Louth county board chairman Peter Fitzpatrick is confident the Government will allow the GAA go ahead with their original plans to run off this year's inter-county leagues and championships.

The GAA's Covid Advisory committee last Wednesday night recommended that no training or matches take place until Easter at least after having its elite sport status for inter-county withdrawn following a meeting with Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers.

But according to Independent TD Fitzpatrick, "there is going to be a review" between Government and GAA officials having spoken to Jack Chambers in the aftermath of the announcement. Fitzpatrick said Mr Chambers told him that inter-county GAA would be included as an elite sport next week when the Government’s Living with Covid-19 plan is updated.

"I spoke to Jack Chambers and he confirmed to me there is no change in the status of the GAA as an elite sport," Fitzgerald explained to the Irish Daily Mail.

"There is going to be a review. The Government will sit down with the GAA, and while Level 5 restrictions will be extended, my personal view is that the Government will allow the GAA to go ahead with their League and Championships as planned. I anticipate the League could start by the end of March or the beginning of April.

"That was a GAA decision made by the GAA. The Government told Croke Park that no decision would be made until it drew up its new Living with Covid plan."

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