Tuesday 25 April 2017

Antrim to oppose Gpa

Antrim will oppose the motion to officially recognise the GPA at next month's GAA Congress.

At a county board meeting on Monday night it was almost unanimously decided by delegates to oppose the deal brokered by GAA and GPA officials last November.

There are fears that other Ulster counties will follow suit, but that still might not be enough to deny the motion a two-thirds majority. Tyrone have already tabled a motion that effectively opposes the GPA by asking Congress not to recognise any body "purporting to represent any individuals" within the GAA.

Antrim's decision was taken after a proposal for delegates to consult with clubs on the issue was rejected. Central Council, who framed the motion, can still expect strong support throughout other areas of the country despite Antrim's objection.

The GPA have already begun rolling out welfare projects for inter-county players to the tune of €1.1m per annum, with a further €250,000 for administration costs.

Elsewhere, Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan has been confirmed as the first 3G pitch in Ireland to be awarded with the new GAA standards, adopted by Congress last year. Work on the all-weather facility was completed by the Pride Sports and Leisure company.

Irish Independent

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