Sunday 20 January 2019

CPA to seek meeting with Horan after motion defeat

If such a motion were passed, there could be a case made to do away with Congress. (stock picture)
If such a motion were passed, there could be a case made to do away with Congress. (stock picture)

Declan Bogue

Club Players' Association chairman Micheál Briody has criticised the "embarrassing" lack of transparency at Congress after the defeat of a motion which sought to have the voting record of county board delegates recorded.

However, Saturday's 83pc-17pc defeat of Motion 22 will not deter the players' representative group, who are now seeking a meeting with incoming GAA president John Horan, the CPA hoping to sit down for a discussion in March.

"When you look at the logic of our motion, it is just embarrassing being part of the Association. It's embarrassing that we don't have transparency of the nature that's required," Briody said

"They can no longer tell us this is the most democratic organisation, because democracy dies in darkness. And if you don't have transparency, then you don't have a true democracy, or a true democratic unit."

Those who spoke out against the motion included Cork chairperson Tracey Kennedy, and delegate from the European County Board, Tony Bass. Briody, who was present in Croke Park for the debate, declared himself unimpressed with the opposition to the motion proposed by former Wexford manager Liam Griffin.


"There was no logical argument made on the floor of Congress against it," the Meath man stated.

"There were two arguments, one was Tracey Kennedy who spoke about trust. It's not a legitimate argument because we weren't talking about trust, we were talking about transparency and you have more trust when you have transparency. It's the only sporting organisation of its size in Europe that doesn't have a transparent voting system. That argument really just doesn't wash."

He added: "And then we had Tony Bass of Europe, he spoke against the CPA at last year's Congress and he spoke again, really in ill-informed language, he had never met the CPA, I don't know where he is coming from, talking about the vilification, calling us a 'nutty' group."

The defeat of the motion will not deter the representative group.

"It doesn't change our strategy. We weren't expecting it to go through, it's disappointing that the forum of Congress is not open enough to put through something like transparency, that's disappointing," Briody said.

Taken to its logical extreme, if such a motion were passed, there could be a case made to do away with Congress, and have delegates votes counted on the various motions. However, Briody insists they are not trying to stifle debate.

"I have no problem if somebody comes up against a legitimate argument on the motion," he said. "If candidates weren't mandated by their clubs to vote in a certain way, then they would have the right to listen to a debate and make the decision there and then."

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