The issue of ticket price increases by the GAA arose in the Dáil today as Tánaiste Simon Coveney said it was strictly a matter for the Gaelic Athletic Association.

The Tánaiste was responding to the Sinn Fein Deputy Martin Ferris who said the hike in prices for All-Ireland finals, semi-finals, football qualifiers and the Allianz Leagues games is going to cause a lot of hardship for people. 

He expressed particular concern for old age pensioners and asked if the Government intended making representations to the GAA to ensure games would be affordable. 

Minister Coveney said the GAA made it clear that it makes independent decisions of Government and he said it was a question for the GAA.