Wednesday 1 March 2017

Treaty County to vote against recognition of 'unhelpful' GPA

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Limerick are to oppose the motion to officially recognise the Gaelic Players Association.

A County Board meeting has instructed its delgates to tonight's Congress in Newcastle, County Down, to use their own judgment on the playing rules proposals.

But, after some debate, it was decided to oppose the GPA as the turbulent winter of discontent between players and management takes its toll.

The motion to approve the GPA will gain close to unanimous support -- Antrim and Tyrone have declared their opposition -- but the significance of Limerick's opposition will not be lost on delegates.

Limerick selector John Tuohy was critical of the association at a board meeting in March claiming that they didn't do anything to try and resolve the issue.

"This was an important issue for the GPA and the GAA," Tuohy told the March meeting.

"I pointed this out to Dessie Farrell over a couple of conversations. However, I would have to say that on this occasion the GPA has not been helpful to our situation in any way -- in fact, I would go so far as to say, they have held up progress, undermined the negotiations."

Meanwhile, Limerick delegates will be voicing their approval for other grounds outside of Croke Park to be opened up to other sports.

All motions to this effect cover Croke Park only, but Limerick believe other venues, such as their own Gaelic Grounds, should have the right to 'open' on "special occasions."

In the past the Gaelic Grounds has been touted as a possible venue for Munster matches that Thomond Park would not have the capacity for.

The GAA is currently challenging Nemo Rangers over its acceptance of an Irish rugby training session at their south city complex.

Irish Independent

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