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Laois GAA release statement following star forward’s Tweet

Gary Walsh

Laois GAA have released a statement after star forward Gary Walsh caused a storm on Twitter this afternoon.

Following the acquittal four men in the Belfast rape trial, the Ballylinan man took to Twitter and said the following:

“Where’s your ones name from the paddy Jackson trial ? It’s her that should be destroyed in the papers now , all yee feminists come at me I’ll throw the kitchen sink at ya.”

Walsh’s tweet came after the news broke that Ulster and Ireland rugby player Paddy Jackson had been acquitted of rape and sexual assault, while his team-mate Stuart Olding had been acquitted of rape.

Blane McIlroy was found not guilty of exposure. Rory Harrison was also found not guilty of perverting the course of justice and not guilty withholding information.

The jury reached its unanimous verdicts on all counts after three hours and 40 minutes of deliberation.

And now, after a storm erupted on Twitter, Laois GAA have released the following:

“Laois GAA wish to disassociate themselves from tweets or comments made by individuals on Social Media.

“Such comments are their own personal opinion, on their own personal accounts, and in no way reflect the views, or opinions, of Laois CLG.”

Walsh has since deleted the Tweet from his account.

Walsh, who is the leading scorer in the country so far this year, is no stranger to controversy when it comes to Twitter.

Back in 2016, he got into spat with Colm Parkinson over the pundits criticism of the selection policy with the Laois team. 

And later that same year, Walsh hit out when he was dropped from the panel.

Laois play Carlow in the Division 4 final in Croke Park on Saturday afternoon at 3pm.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.