The posts I made here last year were put to him. He said there were inaccuracies. I asked him to point them out to me. End of debate.
I have also engaged with him before that and it is a brick wall. He spins things but when you unspin them he clams up and the debate ends again.
I could see some merits in doing something via Skype in hill 16 podcasts but Barry and the gang I think would lose their cool.
As is said when he debated it on news talk with ex president Kelly he lost even though he was on home ground, as it were. He then went into twitter proclaiming the opposite.
Let’s face it, what do we want here, Ewan to admit he has been wrong all these years? That is not going to happen no matter what I or anyone else says to him. He is completely sincerely convinced he is correct and nothing will convince him otherwise. If given figures his inate partiality will compel him to see them in a way that supports his argument. That his work fuels the imagination of those who look for any excuse to bash Dublin is also something we cannot change. The important thing is that where things matter and where decision makers have access to the facts in all their forms his opinion is dismissed. The fact that this dismissal results in him cooking up tin foil hat conspiracies about his treatment by the GAA only further diminishes him.
As for the Irish independent article it isn’t the victim of sensationalist headline writing. What’s is actually said in the article is that the GAA should make the same investment it hasn’t in Dublin with counties who can show that the will not squander that investment. In other words we are doing it right and the others are not. This has been proved by the Leinster council report on their investment in the lesser hurling counties. You can tell that this is where he isn’t aiming as he specifically mentions strength and conditioning which that report also highlighted.