Tuesday 20 February 2018

CPA step up Croker charm offensive

CPA chairman Micheál Briody. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
CPA chairman Micheál Briody. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The Club Players Association has struck a more conciliatory note, expressing the hope that they can continue talks with GAA officials at all levels to bring a balanced conclusion to the collision between inter-county and club fixtures.

More than two weeks on from Congress, where a motion to have them formally recognised was withdrawn over concerns it might not be passed and where an additional eight All-Ireland quarter-finals were added to the schedule against their wishes, the CPA have used the week of the All-Ireland club finals to give an update of their plans.

Their executive met in Croke Park late last week, and there has been contact with officials in Headquarters since Congress.

"We are currently engaged in ongoing discussions with all the relevant stakeholders and we are confident that those discussions will bring about meaningful change," said CPA chairman Micheál Briody.

Briody also points to "substantial work" on their proposed fixtures solutions which he feels is "positive, exciting and innovative and will bring a meaningful balance to inter-county and club as well as getting an improved balance between hurling and football".

"We look forward to continuing talks with GAA officials at all levels in an agreed forum,"Briody added.

It is understood that a two-tier All-Ireland football championship is one of the options the CPA are strongly looking at to propose.

Irish Independent

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