Monday 11 December 2017

The Dublin plan: selected highlights and what they mean

"The Association's central and provincial hierarchies must recognise that the absence of a permanent Dublin presence at the respective top tables leaves perspectives dangerously incomplete."

What it means: You can't trust culchies to do the right thing by Dublin.

"The level of funding that has traditionally been allocated to Dublin is considerably less than would be warranted, based on any population, activity or revenue analysis."

What it means: Dublin isn't getting enough of the cake, despite providing much of the ingredients.

"The Strategic Committee believes that there should be a mutual recognition of the interdependent relationship between Dublin's ambitions for the GAA in the capital city and the overall well-being of the Association. One way of addressing this is for the GAA to extend provincial status to Dublin for certain purposes, including:

•Providing a long-term commitment to an agreed minimum annual level of funding.

•Affording the chairman of the Dublin County Board permanent representation on the GAA's Management Committee."

What it means: Dublin needs more money; they want to have the same status as each of the four provinces and should have a man on the inside at the highest level.

"The challenge of nurturing and safeguarding Dublin's identity and its growth ambition is one that must be met by people whose vision and passion is, as the American Troubadour put it, 'Tangled Up in Blue'. Ambition must be sanity-checked and guided by the principles of county identity. Our flagship teams -- our senior footballers and hurlers -- must never be divided."

What it means: Dublin should be a province for administrative and funding purposes but won't ever field more than one team per code and grade.

"Dublin's population of 1.27 million people comprises 20pc of the 32-county population and over 28pc on a 26-county basis. Dublin GAA is responsible for introducing Gaelic games to almost 30pc of the population of the 26 counties."

What it means: Figures don't lie and here's the scale of what Dublin GAA involves.

"At inter-county level, the lack of appropriate facilities is now acute. The development of Parnell Park in the early 1990s provided Dublin with a home venue, but it's clear that the current capacity restriction to below 10,000 spectators, and its tight confines, renders it insufficient to meet the needs of successful Dublin inter-county teams."

What is means: Dublin needs a stadium with a capacity of 25,000/35,000.

The following are key strategic objectives:

•Win a senior football All-Ireland every three years.

•Win a senior hurling All-Ireland every five years.

•Win one minor football and one minor hurling All-Ireland title every three years.

•Win one U-21 football and one U-21 hurling All-Ireland every five years.

What is means: Over the next 15 years, Dublin are targeting the following All-Ireland haul: 5 SF, 5 MF, 5 MH: 3 SH, 3 U-21F; 3 U-21H (a total of 24). Over the last 15 years Dublin won three All-Ireland titles -- 1 SF, 2 U-21F.

Irish Independent

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