In recent years, there have been some high profile examples of top GAA players struggling with gambling problems. The likes of Cathal McCarron and Oisín McConville have been quite vocal on their issues.
Today, the GAA have made a major statement on the issue at Congress by voting overwhelmingly to ban sponsorship by gambling companies. The motion was brought forward by Mick Rock, of Connacht GAA.
Motion 1, to ban all sponsorship by a betting company across all aspects of GAA, passes with 93% of delegates voting in favour of motion. #gaacongress2018
— Jacqui Hurley (@jacquihurley) February 24, 2018
A 93% majority of the 270 delegates voted in favour of the proposal. It was revealed by the GPA that a significant number of members seek counselling for gambling issues.
@hoganstandgaa @RTEgaa @officialgaa just to clarify error in minutes at Congress. Close to 15% of @gaelicplayers members engaging in our counselling services were gambling specific. Not 50% as reported.
— Alan Kerins (@alankerins) February 24, 2018
This is a revolutionary move by the association, leading the way in the country. Last year, the FA in England took similar measures.
This move has been met with widespread praise at the GAA sets standards on the issue.