Wednesday 16 October 2019

CPA chief calls on GAA bosses 'not to hide' in Tier 2 debate

CPA chairman Micheál Briody. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
CPA chairman Micheál Briody. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

CPA chairman Micheál Briody has called on the GAA "not to hide" after it was revealed that no representative of the GAA would be attending a live radio debate on the Tier 2 football championship proposals set to go before Special Congress next month.

GAA president John Horan has pushed hard for the introduction of a second tier football championship and it could get the green light when delegates meet in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on October 19 despite serious opposition from the CPA and the GPA.

Briody and GPA CEO Paul Flynn have both called for any such decision to be delayed until the findings of the GAA Fixtures Calendar Review Task Force are made available in November but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

It is also understood that the GAA will not attend a live debate on RTÉ's Sunday Sport radio show where the Tier 2 championship was set to be debated, much to the "disappointment" of Briody.

"We were asked by RTÉ to attend and debate it and we certainly will and I believe the GPA will as well but I don't think there's anyone being put forward from the GAA which is disappointing," Briody told #OurGame.

"We would like to see what the bona fides are behind this Tier 2 but as I understand, and it's RTÉ that are organising it, I don't think they (the GAA) are going to be in attendance."

Ω Beaten 2017 Dublin SFC finalists Ballymun Kickhams made a shock exit from this year's championship last night when they suffered a 0-13 to 0-8 defeat to Na Fianna, who now advance to the quarter-finals.

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