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Poll: Should GAA inter-county hurlers and footballers be paid to play?

The topic was explored in last night’s RTÉ documentary Páirc Life.

Mayo and Dublin players battling for possession last Saturday.
Mayo and Dublin players battling for possession last Saturday.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

THE THORNY ISSUE of pay for play in the GAA cropped up last night with RTÉ documentary Páirc Life exploring the subject.

Podge Collins, Emlyn Mulligan, Seamus Hickey, Aaron Kernan, Paraic Duffy, Stephen Hunt and Mags D’Arcy were some of those whose opinion was canvassed.

It prompted plenty debate.

Kieran Donaghy with Justin McMahon Action from the Kerry Tyrone clash last month Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Tempers flare between Ger Aylward and Andrew Smith Tempers flare between Kilkenny and Galway players during last Saturday's All-Ireland final Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Joey Holden celebrates with the Liam McCarthy Cup Kilkenny players celebrating with the Liam MacCarthy Cup last Sunday Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

But we want to know what do you think in the wake of last night’s programme?


Poll Results:

No - Amateurism is the cornerstone of the GAA and pay for play isn't sustainable (5864)
Yes - GAA players should be paid given the huge commitment they make (5659)


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