Wednesday 18 October 2017

GAA shoots itself in the foot with two-thirds rule

Just over 37pc of delegates to the GAA Congress last weekend voted against a motion to force counties to publicly name senior championship teams four days before games. In the great world of GAA democracy that was enough to reject the proposal, which required a two-thirds majority.

Proposed by Cork County Secretary, Frank Murphy, in his role as Rules Advisory chairman, it attracted only one speaker, who said that the introduction of the rule might lead to bogus teams being announced.

Indeed. But have counties so little influence over their managers that they can't demand compliance with a rule?

Anyway, the motion was beaten. Well done, folks, you made the day for rugby and soccer by adding no requirement to announce teams to the lengthening lists of anti-promotional devices now rampant in the GAA, led by the gagging of players. After all, the less publicity for GAA, the more for global games.

Irish Independent

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