Statement by the Minster for Foreign Affairs, Brian Cowen, T.D.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Brian Cowen T.D., warmly welcomed the decision of today's Special Congress of the Gaelic Athletic Association to remove Rule 21 from its rule-book.
“I am pleased that this constructive step has been taken by the Association at this time of very positive change, particularly in the area of policing, in Northern Ireland.”
“ Today's decision is good for the GAA and good for the country. Above all, it is good for those people, from North and South, who are considering a career in the new Police Service of Northern Ireland.”
“I know that this has been a difficult issue for some members of the Association, particularly in areas where there has been a fraught relationship with the security forces in Northern Ireland. However, I believe that the right decision has been made today.
“As a lifelong enthusiast of the GAA, both as a player, an administrator and as a supporter, I am delighted that the organisation is now truly open for all the people on this island.”