Friday 24 November 2017

Should the U21 and minor championships be scrapped? Yes, says Colm O'Rourke

The day will come when a young player will sue his county board for not looking after him when they should have known that the training and playing regime would do a young player harm. Ignorance is no defence.

Different year, same problems. The issues for present debate are Cork, next week's Special Congress and the proposals on discipline.

Things may change slightly, but the heated views on many of these topics are not a signal of division but rather much more a sign of a healthy organisation. Any sporting body where there is continuous agreement is stagnant, in the same way a continued failure to agree on anything is just as damaging. Present debates show many with considered positions and sound reasoning, others just fear change.

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