Opinion Colm O'Rourke

Thursday 25 May 2017

Compromise essential before grants row turns nasty

F or the ordinary supporter it appears that the tiresome squabble between the GAA and the GPA has taken a turn for the worse. This cat-and-mouse game has gone on now for most of the decade that the GPA has been in existence.

The only thing that is hard to figure out is which side is the cat.

As I have written in the past, there is one party which has all the power-- the players. This was clearly demonstrated in Cork when the hurlers followed the same path again. There could only be one winner, even if it took many a long time to figure that out. After that episode and all that has happened before, I can't understand the reluctance of those at national level not only to recognise the GPA but also to completely integrate them into the decision-making bodies.

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