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President Michael D Higgins

President Michael D Higgins

President Michael D Higgins

THE President and Taoiseach are both set to miss the All-Ireland finals for the first time in their history due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Only squad members, several stewards and GAA officials, and a paired down contingent of media are allowed to attend.

The GAA have not responded yet to requests from Sundayworld.com for a detailed breakdown of who it allowed go to this weekend’s finals, as well as next weekend men and ladies football deciders, which includes Dublin and Mayo battling for the Sam Maguire next Saturday.

A number of managers throughout the championship have called for full panels to be allowed travel to matches.

Currently only those on the 26-player matchday squads are allowed into stadiums along with 12 members of the management and backroom teams.

GAA President John Horan sought the easing of that restriction, along with other measures, but revealed these were all refused by the government.

"We approached the Department of Sport about increasing the capacity, letting family members in and feeding teams afterwards,” he told RTE.

"All those requests were turned down. We have to respect that. They have their reasons and they are trying to control the pandemic. The guidelines have been very strict and we are going to be fully complaint."

The GAA's request to feed teams this weekend following the All-Ireland finals was one of a number of requests turned down by the Department of Sport.

Mr Horan has again raised concerns over the potential for post-match celebrations with a number of competitions down for decision.

Gardai have appealed to GAA fans to follow public health guidelines and regulations, while earlier the association wrote an open letter to members appealing for supporters to act in a safe and sensible way over the next several days.

"We’re concerned those celebrations will take over, that people would drop their guard somewhat," Mr Horan said.

"I’d be very concerned that whoever wins at the weekend, that victory would be tarnished by the whole coverage of spikes in those particular areas.

"That’s really the message we are trying to get out to people; celebrate, but celebrate in a safe manner."

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