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GAA bosses stall controversial proposal to expel British Army team

Paraic Duffy has written to the London county board concerning the future of the Irish Guards team.

President Aogán Ó Fearghail was speaking at the launch of the Club Leadership Development Programme on Monday.
President Aogán Ó Fearghail was speaking at the launch of the Club Leadership Development Programme on Monday.
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GAA BOSSES HAVE called a halt to plans to expel a British Army team from the London championships.

Director General Paraic Duffy has written to the London county board and asked them to defer any further discussions surrounding the future of the Irish Guards.

The decision to admit the army team to the junior championship last September was hailed as a historic one, but the Granuaile Hurling Club now wants a vote to rescind the affiliation.

“We’ve close to 2000 clubs,” President Aogán Ó Fearghail said on Monday.

If we accept a club into our association, having done that, then it shouldn’t be so simple to just remove them.

Coiste Bainistí, the GAA’s management committee, will discuss the controversy at their next meeting on Friday night before advising London on how to proceed.

Ó Fearghail added: ”We have discussed it and the Ard Stiúrthóir has written to the London board not to make decisions in that fashion, to hold on this and wait until we have time to discuss it and its implications for the whole association.”

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