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Clare GAA secretary to take civil case following DPP decision

SECRETARY of Clare GAA Pat Fitzgerald has said he will take a civil case regarding alleged online abuse, telling The Clare Champion, “I’m fairly sure there is a case there to be answered.” The move follows a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) not to bring a criminal prosecution after the gardaí had conducted an investigation on the matter. Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Fitzgerald said he was accepting the DPP decision. “The way the system works, as I know it, is they (the Gardaí) investigate it, do a report, send it to the DPP to decide whether to go forward with a case. He decided not to. “I don’t think you can appeal a decision, I have looked for clarification on it alright.” Mr Fitzgerald said that he will now pursue a civil action. “Yeah, I’m going taking a civil case, that’s my intention at this point in time.” He said that he has done his best in …

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Sixmilebridge GAA Club members speak out over ‘unbelievable’ online abuse

By Ronan Judge THE chairman of one of Clare’s biggest GAA clubs has called on the association to do more to stand up for employees who are the subject of online attacks. Chairman of Sixmilebridge GAA, Paddy Meehan, told The Clare Champion that some of the abuse directed at Clare County Board secretary Pat Fitzgerald, is “unbelievable.” Allegations of online abuse against Pat Fitzgerald are the subject of a garda investigation. Meehan says, “Pat Fitzgerald is a paid employee of the GAA and I don’t believe they have stood up for him and I don’t think they have backed him 100%. Maybe if employers start backing people… because you see it nowhere else. There was a case in Kerry there where a former soccer player was being abused and it went to court. It has to stop, this online abuse, people hiding behind computers. That’s where we’re coming from. I have often went to the Clare County Board, had issues …

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