Wednesday 24 January 2018

Key Motions

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

A record 123 motions have made the clár for next month's GAA Congress in Newcastle, Co Down the bulk of which concern many of the current National League's experimental rules.

Five clubs have submitted motions calling for the decision on the use of Croke Park to be made by Central Council, in other words to keep Croke Park open to international soccer and rugby.

The motion regarding the senior hurling championships could increase the numbers participating in the McCarthy Cup to 16 teams by 2013, if it is carried.

The other main motions down for discussion at Congress are:



  • Central Council's call to standardise the numbers on an inter-county squad to 26, up from 24 for the league and down from 30 for the championship.
  • Meath County Board are calling for the use of an official clock that can be started and stopped by an official timekeeper at the request of a referee. A half will end only when the ball has gone out of play.
  • Wexford club Clonard are proposing a clock/hooter system to conclude games to be trialled next year and introduced officially in 2012.
  • Trim in Meath are calling for the duration of minor and U-21 games to be increased to 70 minutes, 35 minutes in each half.
  • Tipperary's Toomevara want two points for a sideline cut in hurling that is put directly over the bar, a motion also submitted by Armagh.
  • St Joseph's in Clare want all frees awarded on the 20-metre line or inside to be kicked from the ground in football.
  • St Kevin's in Kildare are proposing enforcement of sidelines to be taken from OUTSIDE the boundary line.
  • Gum shields for all hurling and football games as well as practice sessions should become mandatory for all players up to and including minor grade, according to Westport in Mayo.
  • Kildress, the club of Mark Conway who set up the organisation 'Of One Belief' which is opposed to recognition of the GPA, doesn't want "special recognition" to any body, group or organisation that represents any individual or group within the GAA.
  • Conway's club also want the salary and other benefits including pension arrangements of the GAA's director general to be published in the audited accounts.
  • Trim want open draws on a regional basis for the 2011 All-Ireland minor and U-21 championships, not on provincial lines.
  • Trim also want clubs and counties to be allowed to display the brand name of more than one sponsor on attire.
  • Central Council want to scrap the All-Ireland intermediate and junior hurling and junior football championships.
  • Central Council also wants to establish a central fixtures planning committee and appoint two fixtures planners for monitoring purposes.
  • Eastern Harps in Sligo are calling for scoring difference not to apply to eliminate a team from a championship in hurling or football.
  • Grattan Og in Longford are seeking match suspensions to replace time suspensions.


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