Saturday 25 February 2017

Colm O'Rourke: There is no more room for vanity projects in the GAA

Most spending has been sensible but there is always room for clever ideas, says Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

M ost of the time the inbuilt layers of conservatism have served the GAA well. While many people lost the run of themselves a few years ago and ran the ship aground, the GAA spent wisely and well.

Yet there are times when unwillingness to change makes for decisions which are plain daft. We got an example of this last week when, despite Mayo being happy with Dublin's request to play their league match next Friday, the CCCC vetoed the idea.

The spurious grounds are player welfare. Now quite what that means is anyone's guess. In this case player welfare would mean playing the match on Friday. It would amaze me if the Mayo players were not delighted with the prospect of playing in Dublin on a Friday and having the weekend in the city, especially with the big rugby match against England on Saturday. In general, players prefer a Friday night or Saturday game, especially when there is a lot of travelling involved.

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