Cork received a boost late last night as a decision by the Disputes Resolution Authority made Orla Cronin available to play in this afternoon's All-Ireland camogie final.
The forward was shown a straight red card by referee John Dermody as the Rebels got past Kilkenny last month at Croke Park meaning a three-game suspension.
The Enniskeane clubwoman has been an important player for the Munster women this summer, and had scored six points, of which one was from play, before the sending off against the Cats.
The Camogie Association upheld the decision during the week, but the decision by the DRA to delay the suspsension "pending a full Tribunal hearing" means she can play in the decider against Galway.
"To miss an All-Ireland final for that is harsh."— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) August 29, 2021
Aoife Sheehan says Orla Cronin's sending off was a huge talking point from Cork’s thrilling win over Kilkenny. #RTEGAA #TheSundayGame pic.twitter.com/Ft5t3YTD09
A DRA statement read: "An application to the DRA for interim relief by Ms Orla Cronin of the Cork Senior Camogie team, challenging the decisions of the National Transfers, Hearing and Disciplinary Committee (NTHDC) and National Final Appeals Committee (NFAC) to impose a three match suspension for an infraction of Striking a player with a hurley in a manner that the Referee deems non-accidental (Rule 44.1.2 (e) Official Guide Part 1 2021/22) arising out of an incident which occurred during the All Ireland Camogie semi-final between Cork and Kilkenny on the 29th August 2021, was upheld by a DRA Tribunal following a hearing in Dublin tonight, 11th September 2021.
"The DRA Tribunal (Mr Aaron Shearer BL, Mr. Gareth Robinson BL and Mr Declan Hallissey) granted an interim Order staying the period of suspension pending a full Tribunal hearing."
A statement from the Camogie Association read: "An appeal was lodged with the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) by Cork player Orla Cronin against the decisions of the Camogie Association's disciplinary process, following a red card in the All Ireland semi-final.
"An emergency DRA interim hearing took place on Saturday evening (11th September).The DRA has made no finding on the substantive appeal but has granted Orla interim relief to participate in the All Ireland Final today, Sunday 12th September."
Cronin's original suspension meant she was replaced by captain Linda Collins in the team named earlier in the week in the only change made by either side.
'She can count herself very lucky - I'm surprised she has been allowed to play today'— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) September 12, 2021
Ursula Jacob, Anne-Marie Hayes and Anna Geary discuss the decision to allow Orla Cronin to play in the All-Ireland camogie final
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