07 Oct 2022

Derry Sinn Fein MLA disappointed at the lack of progress and new investment from the BBC to ensure equal access to Gaelic games for northern viewers

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has expressed disappointment at the lack of progress and new investment from the BBC to ensure equal access to gaelic games for northern viewers. He was commenting after a Sinn Féin delegation held a meeting with the BBC in Belfast. Raymond McCartney said: “Sinn Féin met with the BBC on Monday to once again voice our concern at the lack of televised coverage of gaelic games for viewers in the north. “We are disappointed that BBC have made absolutely no progress or new investment to ensure the quarter of a million gaels in the north have equal access to gaelic games. “While we welcome the live coverage of the 12 Irish League games, this cannot overshadow the need for more coverage of the GAA which is the largest spectator sport on the island of Ireland. “Since launching the Fair Play for Ulster Gaels campaign we have heard the frustration felt among GAA fans at what they feel is decades of neglect by BBC in terms of televising and mainstreaming gaelic games. “We believe that a collaborative approach from sporting organisations and broadcasters is required to end the inequalities surrounding televised coverage and parity of esteem for northern gaels.”

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