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Sky apologises after GAA fans in Northern Ireland miss out on RTÉ show The Sunday Game

Sky has apologised to GAA fans in Northern Ireland after The Sunday Game highlights show was "blacked out" in error on its platform.

The RTÉ show, presented by Des Cahill, aired highlights of the final round of games in the Munster SHC round-robin series which saw Cork and Clare book their places in the provincial decider with wins over Waterford and Limerick respectively.

RTE tweeted on Monday: "RTÉ broadcast @TheSundayGame on @RTE2 last night and made it available to viewers on island of Ireland. It appears those on the Sky platform in Northern Ireland were unable to watch which is very disappointing. RTÉ has contacted Sky and asked them to investigate the issue."

A spokesperson for Sky told the Belfast Telegraph: "We are sorry that our viewers in Northern Ireland were unable to watch the Sunday Game last night. This occurred due to an issue with the list of ‘black outs’ we were provided with for that evening, which meant that the Sunday Game was incorrectly blacked out.

"We have since spoken to RTÉ and taken steps to ensure this will not happen again."

Sinn Fein Seantor Niall Ó Donnghaile said: “The ongoing block on important sporting events broadcast on RTÉ is causing major frustration for sports fans, and members of organisations like the GAA.

“Last night the Sunday Game was blocked from satellite TV in the North.

“The coverage blocked was for games which had already been played. This treatment of GAA members in the north is unacceptable.

“I will again raise this on the floor of the Seanad in the hope of drawing more attention to this issue."

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