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Local councillor disappointed older GAA fans missing out on matches

May 12, 2023 13:54 By Shannonside News
Local councillor disappointed older GAA fans missing out on matches
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The heads of Government have all said the process of picking games for free-to-air needs to be reviewed.

A Roscommon Councillor says it's hugely disappointing those who have given their life to the GAA will miss out on watching some matches.

That's the view of Laurence Fallon in response to the ongoing controversy surrounding the GAA Go app.

The streaming service has come under fire by sports fans and politicians after it placed two Senior Hurling Championship games behind a paywall last weekend. The joint venture by the Gaelic Association and RTÉ charges 79 euro for an annual subscription or viewers can pay 12 euro per game.

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Speaking on the Joe Finnegan Show Councillor Fallon insisted the national broadcaster and the GAA had a duty to the public.

''First of all the GAA has operated under a voluntary organisation down through the years, and there are millions of people in Ireland who have given their life to the GAA, they are now in their 70's and 8o's and they wouldn't know where to turn to get onto this app. RTÉ have a duty to provide a service to all of Ireland and by doing what they're doing they're not doing that. It would seem to me that this has as much to do with a profitable arrangement between RTÉ and GAA as it does providing a service to the public.''

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