Big counties to fight cut
SEVERAL big counties who are facing the prospect of having their Congress representation halved are expected to band together to fight the plan to reduce overall number of delegates from 328 to 220.
A working group, set up to examine how well annual Congress serves the GAA, has come up with a proposal to set every county's representation at five -- irrespective of its size or number of clubs.
Dublin, Antrim and Cork all currently have 11 Congress delegates, followed by Galway, Limerick, Wexford and Clare on 10, with Tipperary on nine.
"The aim is to streamline Congress and make it more effective, which is in everybody's interest," explained director-general Paraic Duffy.
"Some counties may be disappointed with a proposal to reduce their representation, but, as things stand, each county has one representative on Central Council, irrespective of its size. It's the same with most county boards, where it's one club, one vote.
"This is just a proposal at this stage and we'll listen to what the counties have to say before we draft a motion, but there's a general view that Congress is too big in its present form.
It's also proposed to bring forward Congress to early February and to hold it in Croke Park on a permanent basis from 2014 onwards.