‘Clear discrimination’: Mayo politician annoyed at not getting All-Ireland tickets

‘Clear discrimination’: Mayo politician annoyed at not getting All-Ireland tickets

Senator Michelle Mulherin believes the GAA are discriminating against her, because they have refused to supply her with tickets for the All-Ireland SFC final

The Ballina native is one of thousands of Mayo fans searching high and low for tickets to Sunday’s decider against Dublin.

The GAA has a policy of allowing TDs to purchase two tickets for the season finale, when their home county is involved.

But the allowance doesn’t extend to senators and when Mulherin asked for tickets her application was rejected.

GAA Director General Páraic Duffy wrote back to the politician to explain that due to high demand they would not be able to facilitate her request.

Mulherin is unhappy with the decision and feels there should be no difference in the treatment of TDs and senators.

"In my view, this is clear discrimination by the GAA in relation to members of the Oireachtas." she told the Irish Independent.

She is not annoyed with her local GAA club but rather the organisation at national level, adding: “I would emphasise that my issue is with the GAA at central level and not at local level”.

The GAA has rejected the criticism, with a spokesperson saying: "The GAA is more than satisfied that it looks after public representatives in an appropriate manner when it comes to the allocation of tickets for our games.

"There is a finite resource of tickets to meet the demands around All-Ireland time."

Former president of the GAA Sean Kelly has also said there is no discrimination against Senators in the allocation of tickets.

Kelly says it's impossible to meet demand for tickets for an All Ireland final but the GAA does its best.

And he insists Michelle Mulherin is wrong in her claim there's discrimination against the upper house.

“They can’t actually please everybody. OK, they draw the line between TDs and the senate, but that’s because of lack of supply.”

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