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GAA issued a statement about inter-county games and it looks like there will be no games until October.
GAA observes and welcomes the plans published by the government last Friday and some of the dates included related to the possible return of sports activities, including Gaelic games.
ºThe Association will try to seek clarity on some of the problems that have arisen in internal discussions since last Friday, including the challenge of social distance in contact sport.
GAA facilities must remain closed as part of efforts to avoid meetings that violate the restrictions.
We are instructing our clubs and counties to continue adhering to restrictions and not to organize field activities. These measures are expected to remain in effect until July 20.
We will continue to monitor the dates and schedules as revealed by the Government and our agreements will remain under constant review.
Our units are reminded that the injury scheme on the player is suspended and will remain so until an official return to action protocol is confirmed.
GAA still hopes to be able to compete in county and club competitions this year, subject, of course, to public health guidelines. We can confirm, however, that no game between countries should take place before October.
Counties, in the interest of the players, are requested to suspend all training between counties until further notice. There will be a gradual resumption of training at the club and county level to allow players to prepare properly for playing.
Although it does not categorically exclude the possibility of playing games behind closed doors at the end of the year, there seems to be a lack of appetite for this type of game programming at the moment throughout the Association.
GAA can also confirm the appointment of a dedicated Covid-19 Advisory Group, which will advise the Association on issues related to return to game protocols and other similar matters.
The members of this group are as follows:
Shay Bannon (President) – Current President of the Health and Safety group
Dick Clerkin (current chairman of the Medical Scientific and Welfare Committee)
Dr. Pat O’Neill (Dublin)
Dr. Kevin Moran (Donegal)
Dr. Jim O’Donovan (Limerick)
Dr. Seán Moffatt (President of the Gaelic Medical Association and doctor of the Mayo team)
Paul Flynn (CEO Gaelic Players Association)
Stephen Mc Geehan (Head of Operations, Ulster GAA)
Tony Mc Guinness (Event and Security Manager, Croke Park)
Sinéad McNulty (CEO An Cumann Camógaíochta)
Helen O’Rourke (CEO Ladies Gaelic Football Association)
John Horan (Uachtarán CLG)
Tom Ryan (Ard Stiúrthóir CLG)
Feargal Mc Gill (Director of Player, Club and Game Administration)
The result of this group's work will be a graduated approach, informed and guided by the recently published government roadmap and Stormont government policy.
Our units have played an important role in the community's effort against the pandemic and we thank all of our members for their role on this date.
We also emphasize the importance of continuing to comply with the guidelines to ensure that the country as a whole achieves its goals in the coming weeks, allowing us to progress and facilitate the return to games when it is safe to do so.