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Jarlath Burns has said the GAA should not remain neutral if there is a border referendum

Jarlath Burns says the GAA should not remain neutral in a future unity referendum.

Former Armagh football captain Jarlath Burns has said the GAA should not remain neutral if there is to be a future poll on Irish unity.

The current Armagh delegate on the Ulster Council of the GAA, said the association's aim is to "strengthen national identity" in a united Ireland.

"That doesn't make us neutral on the issue of a border poll, it gives us a position," he said.

"The GAA's basic aim, it states the association is a national organisation which has as its basic aim the strengthening of the national identity in a 32 county Ireland through the presentation and promotion of Gaelic Games."

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The former Armagh captain speaking to RTE's This Week programme said while he was speaking as an individual. "I would like to think that the GAA would take that position".

"I would like to think that it would be logical and rational, given the fact that is one of our basic aims," he added.

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