Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson met with representatives Bobby Farren Derry GAA, Shane Flanagan Leinster GAA and Ger O’Connor, GAA Games Development Manager in the European Parliament today.
Following the meeting, Ms Anderson said,
“Meeting with representatives from the GAA during their time in Brussels was a great opportunity to strengthen relationships that we have already developed in Ireland, in particular by party colleague and Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin.
“During the meeting we discussed the benefits and the importance of sporting clubs, such as the GAA in building friendships, communities and a sense of belonging.
“Derry, Louth and other border areas were identified as areas in which additional funding and support could be given to the GAA. Although soccer has developed over the years GAA facilities have been left behind.
“For example, in Derry there are 53 soccer pitches, but only 3 GAA pitches, which are not up to standard or have the necessary capacity. Not only is this a current disadvantage but it could also be damaging to the future of the GAA.
“I want to work with the GAA to ensure it is advanced and therefore we have arranged a follow up meeting with Joint First Minister Martin McGuinness and other party colleagues to lend our support.”