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In the latest update to the Covid-19 story all GAA Club games ​at all levels have been suspended with immediate effect ​and until further notice. The decision was made today by the GAA's Management Committee.

The SDLP Sports Spokesperson and member of the 2002 Armagh All Ireland winning team, Justin McNulty has welcomed todays strong leadership of the GAA

Mr McNulty commented “Once again, the GAA have shown they will not be found wanting when it comes to showing leadership, by proactively suspending all club games.

“This was not an easy decision to make and will have a societal and financial impact across the island, but is absolutely the right decision in the context of rising COVID-19 rates. I applaud their leadership, focused on keeping people safe.”

All GAA club games have been suspended from now. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
All GAA club games have been suspended from now. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

"Throughout the pandemic, the GAA have stepped up to support our most vulnerable people, through initiatives like food banks and by looking out for the most needy people in communities. This is the latest example of strong leadership by the GAA and it should be warmly welcomed.”

In a statement a GAA Spokesperson said "The decision has been taken in the interest of public safety following a number of incidents that have been brought to our attention in recent days. ​In particular, post-match celebrations and a lack of social distancing at certain events have proved disappointing and problematic."

"​Training will continue to be permitted as per the guidelines outlined for the relevant levels in the Government's National Framework for Living with Covid 19 and relevant guidelines in the Six Counties.

"The GAA will continue to monitor the situation in the ​coming days and weeks, regarding changes in government guidelines, before liaising with our units accordingly.

"The Association would also like to acknowledge all of those units who have worked diligently in complying with the public health advice around the staging of our games and training sessions since activity resumed.

More than ever, we ask that you continue with this approach regarding training sessions."

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