Thursday 19 October 2017

New GPA chief executive Dermot Earley plans extensive consultation process

Dermot Earley - Picture: Sportsfile
Dermot Earley - Picture: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

New GPA chief executive Dermot Earley is to prioritise a consultation process with all of their key stakeholders to inform him of what direction he needs to take the players' body over the next three years.

Earley, who will take up the role in February in succession to Dessie Farrell, plans to listen to anyone with a genuine interest in what they do, before delivering a report in the second quarter of this year that will take the GPA to 2020.

The GPA has come in for criticism from certain quarters while relations with the GAA have not always been smooth with negotiations for the new deal with the GAA, which was completed for launch last July, breaking down at one stage.

But Earley is keen for the GPA to sell their message in a better way so that the services they provide resonate with the GAA's membership in a more positive light.

"We'll be developing a new 2020 GPA strategy which will set out the strategic direction over the next three years," he said.

"Some of the high level teams will include building for the future, developing our games, financial sustainability, the expansion of development programmes and stakeholder engagement. That last point which is very important to me.

"The first thing I want to do, in a very comprehensive way, is to listen to the views of our players, GAA, Government, Sport Ireland, media, anyone who has a genuine interest in the inter-county game.

"In doing so I want to hear first hand their views on what we are doing well, what areas can we improve on and what things we are not doing that we should be doing. This will be a priority focus for me and the feedback will inform the overall plan for 2020."

Earley, who has been GPA president in recent years, will take leave of absence from the Armed Forces, to take up his new role.

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