Saturday 16 December 2017

Eugene McGee: Radical ideas need to be backed with real action

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

The State of the Nation address by GAA president Christy Cooney, for that is what it turned out to be, at the Annual Congress on Saturday was, in terms of the conservative legacy of such gatherings, almost revolutionary.

Many times I have heard pronouncements from presidents following the usual ritual of thanking everybody from top to bottom for their efforts, officials, committee members, referees, etc with maybe the odd note of criticism, usually towards those 'outside our association'.

On Saturday, the president made some radical suggestions, not proposals, such as splitting Dublin into two or more county boards and revamping the four provinces by juggling counties around, presumably to arrive at four provinces of eight counties each. This sort of language has been noticeably absent from GAA presidents at Congress gatherings and we must wait and see whether is it just that -- use of language to impress -- or real intent to start moving on these changes.

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