GAA accused of ‘losing its way’ over decision to put parties behind GAAGO paywall

The GAA has been accused of “losing its way” over a move to put some of its games behind a paywall.

Limerick councilors have resolved to write to association chairman Larry McCarthy to urge Croke Park to urge him to scrap the controversial move to broadcast some games on GAAGo.

A joint venture between RTÉ and GAA, the streaming service costs €12 to watch a single game and relies on a strong internet connection. A season pass, for €79, will give subscribers access to 38 games.

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At this month’s Limerick council meeting, members criticized the new deal, which saw a television blackout for Limerick’s second round Munster Championship clash with Clare at TUS Gaelic Grounds.

Instead, those who were unable to make it to the game and wanted to watch the proceedings had to watch the live stream.

At the meeting, Fine Gael’s Olivia O’Sullivan accused Croke Park of “digital discrimination” against the elderly and vulnerable.

His party colleague, Cllr Gerald Mitchell, pointed out that so many volunteers invested their time and money in the organization without any expectation of getting it back, and now find themselves being charged.