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‘Equal coverage for northern sports fans’ - Ennis

6 September, 2018 - by Sinéad Ennis


Sinn Féin MLA Sinéad Ennis has said there is an onus on sporting organisations, broadcasters and satellite providers to ensure equality of access to sports coverage for citizens across the island of Ireland.

The party’s Culture, Arts & Sports spokesperson commented:

“We have constantly highlighted the frustration felt by sports fans throughout the north who are blocked from watching major sports events online. 

“Over a quarter of a million people attend GAA matches in the north over the season with countless more wishing to watch or listen to the GAA coverage whether on TV, radio or online.

“Alongside the blocking of GAA coverage, we have seen an unacceptable geo-block in other major sporting events such as the World Cup. This is seen by many as the ‘digital partition’ of Ireland. 

“We have raised these concerns directly with RTÉ, BBC and the GAA in order to seek a resolution that benefits citizens right across Ireland, including the north, because we are Irish citizens too. 

“There is an obvious onus on sporting organisations, broadcasters and satellite providers to ensure there is equality of access to sports coverage for citizens across the island of Ireland.

“Myself and Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile have requested meetings with satellite providers and we will be meeting with the FAI Chief Executive in the coming weeks as part of continued lobbying to achieve a fair deal for sports fans in the north.”

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