Ireland: Abortion meeting cancelled because GAA ‘has to stay neutral’ – club boss

Parnell GAA club house Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins

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Luke Byrne

Published 27/08/2016 | 07:07

A Dublin GAA club cancelled a clubhouse booking to host a meeting on the eighth amendment because the sports organisation has to remain "neutral", according to its chairman.

But organisers have claimed that Parnell's GAA club in Coolock were advised of the topic of the meeting nearly one month in advance.

The club informed the People Before Profit (PBP) party it could not use the space on Thursday, less than five hours before the meeting was due to begin.

Chairman of the club ,Brendan O Connalain, said the decision was made because the GAA could not be seen to promote either side in a possible abortion referendum.

But John Lyons, a councillor who represents PBP in the constituency, said the club was told exactly what the meeting was about three-and-a-half weeks ago.

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Source: The Independent