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Championship 2020 to go ahead following Ard Chomhairle vote

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

15:51 12 Sep 2020

The GAA has given the green light for the 2020 All Ireland senior, under-20 and minor inter-county football and hurling championships to go ahead. 

There has been much doubt amongst members and fans around the country over whether or not any inter-county action would be seen this year.

There was also further doubt cast over whether or not the competitions could go ahead when it was instructed by the government last month that all sport must be played behind closed doors.

In a statement released by the association on Saturday afternoon they said that an on-line meeting of the Ard Chomhairle voted for the autumn-winter championship to proceed.

They say the decision came about after positive interaction with the Government and the outlining of a plan and series of protocols by the Association's Covid Advisory Group.

The statement in full read;

The GAA’s Ard Chomhairle held a meeting on-line earlier today where it was decided to formally proceed with plans to stage the All-Ireland senior, under-20 and minor inter-county football and hurling championships for 2020.

The decision was made following positive interaction with the Government and an understanding that specific financial supports will be made available.

Due to the reduced level of funding available as a result of the pandemic, a series of strict financial controls will be put in place by the Association which will govern the costs and preparation of teams.

In addition to this a plan and series of protocols produced by the Association’s Covid Advisory Group and which will facilitate the safe staging of inter-county games will be circulated to counties.

Following consultation with the counties it was agreed that London, Warwickshire and Lancashire will not be involved in the 2020 championships.

The special emergency powers for the administration of the Association have been reapproved and extended until December 4.

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