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O’Neill challenges BBC on live GAA coverage

11 March, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O'Neill has said the BBC and other broadcasters must do more to increase GAA coverage for viewers in the north. 

The party’s Vice-President was speaking after leading a party delegation, including Sinéad Ennis MLA and Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile, to meet with the BBC. 

Michelle O’Neill said:

“I welcome today’s engagement with the BBC. We sought the meeting to challenge the BBC on its lack of live coverage of Gaelic games, including Ulster Championships and Club Championships. 

“People are frustrated at the inability to watch the island’s largest spectator sport on their television screens. 

“Sinn Féin have been highlighting this issue for two years and we are disappointed that there has been no significant progress or investment made by the BBC to extend their coverage. 

“We believe they can do more to ensure there is equal access to GAA coverage and one of these measures should be the introduction of an extended highlights programme.

“The GAA has over a quarter of a million members who simply want parity and equality from the broadcaster that they pay their licence fee to and this must be reflected in their coverage. 

“Sinn Féin will continue to press broadcasters, including BBC and RTÉ, on the need for fair, equitable and accessible access to Gaelic games for everyone right across Ireland.”

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