Monday 24 July 2017

Colm O'Rourke: Rules shambles shows up futility of Congress 'debate'

Quelle surprise, democracy didn't get a look-in at Congress, says Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

L ast week I decided not to comment on the fate of the new rules at Congress until the smoke had stopped coming out of my ears.

The dismissive way the proposed new rules were dispatched to the bin must have been highly insulting to those who had put a lot of work into them. Not only that but the whole illogical process must have rankled too.

It is fine in principle to have a weekend out for the GAA's foot soldiers -- they all deserve at least that much -- but when major decisions are being made it makes no sense to rely on such an unwieldy process. Surely a body like Central Council should make all big decisions. Any item of importance should be discussed and decided in each county and the Central Council delegate should then vote accordingly.

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