A leading Fianna Fail politician has called on the GAA to aid the fight against Coronavirus by switching coverage of next Saturday’s Allianz League football game between Dublin and Meath from Eir Sport to RTE.

Meath East TD and Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne, told Meath Live, ‘I know it’s not an all or nothing championship clash but games between these two teams will attract huge crowds no matter what’s at stake.

‘An awful lot of people who would want to see this clash won’t have Eir Sport and as pubs cannot have large numbers in the temptation will be to go round a mates house, who has the channel, to watch it and that can lead to problems.

‘I would ask the GAA if they can at all to use their influence and see if they can even manage to get it live streamed for free if they cannot get it switched to RTE.

‘If this cannot be done I would appeal to the people of Meath to listen to it on the radio, but please don’t go round somebody else’s house to watch it’.

Byrne also took to Twitter to plead with supporters to do the right thing when he tweeted,
Thomas Byrne TD –
Meath East
@ThomasByrne
The figure of new COVID cases in Meath tonight (185) is absolutely frightening. I am appealing to everyone to comply with restrictions and, in particular, don’t be tempted to watch the football in someone else’s house.