The former Taoiseach Enda Kenny called today for the All-Ireland football final and semi-finals to be played at a provincial venue, not Croke Park.

 Enda Kenny, describing himself as “an avid GAA supporter”, claims it is “unfair” that players involved should drive themselves from the far reaches of Ireland to a spectator less Croke Park.

He told Midwest News: “It’s not just dealing with the neutrality issue but with a sense of distance issue".

 “The games, where there will be no spectators there under Covid restrictions, could be played in Clones or Cavan or Portlaoise or Thurles or Limerick as the case might be.

 “In fairness to everybody, it shouldn’t be a fact that players from the very far-flung reaches of western counties, assuming they get into an All-Ireland final or semi-final, or any final, would have to drive themselves to Dublin on that day.

 “I think that the GAA, who have been very flexible here, should give consideration to playing those semi-finals and final, where there are going to be no spectators involved, at neutral venues equidistant from both teams”.


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