Belfast Telegraph

Bid to block Army GAA team on hold

By Staff Reporter

A bid to prevent the first British Army team from taking part in a GAA competition in London has been put on hold, it has emerged.

Last September the Irish Guards were recognised by the GAA and are due to compete in this year's London Junior Championship.

Until 2001, Rule 21 had prevented members of the security forces from taking part. However, the Granuaile club has notified the London County Board of its proposal to rescind the Guards' affiliation as a GAA club.

In a statement, the GAA said it "has procedural issues with the suggestion that a club affiliation could be rescinded". It said it had "requested that any discussion or decision be put on hold until after scheduled meetings of management and central council this weekend".

Noel O'Sullivan, the former London GAA chairman, said: "I am absolutely disgusted, I cannot believe it is happening." Mr O'Sullivan cast the deciding vote that allowed the Irish Guards to become GAA members after a tied vote.

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