Thursday 18 October 2018

'Escalation' favoured in two-thirds of CPA replies

A designated period of club, inter-county and county games, so that there is no overlap, is
favoured by 89pc. (stock picture)
A designated period of club, inter-county and county games, so that there is no overlap, is favoured by 89pc. (stock picture)
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Two out of every three respondents to a survey by the Club Players Association (CPA) believe they should "escalate the situation and go a different route".

The CPA released details of the survey yesterday and some of the key points to emerge, one of which was that more than half (56pc) were satisfied that the April club window worked well for them.

But 72pc are still not happy with the organisation of club fixtures in their county while 59pc haven't received a master fixtures plan with specified dates for all games for the remainder of 2018.

A designated period of club, inter-county and county games, so that there is no overlap, is favoured by 89pc.

The CPA has some 25,000 members and 3,959 responded to the question as to whether, having "tested the systems of GAA democracy over the past 18 months culminating with our transparency motion at Congress" they were "satisfied with the continuation of this process or is it time to escalate the situation and go a different route?"

Those who favour an escalation were a majority of 67.14pc, 20.26pc were against such a move while 12.6pc answered by way of suggestions which the CPA are to publish on their website. Some of those suggestions called on club players to strike and for the CPA to organise protests.

The CPA accepted criticism that the question may not have been worded with sufficient clarity.

"This question elicited 499 written responses expressing frustration, anger and annoyance," said chairman Micheál Briody.

"The question was not sufficiently clearly worded on our behalf and that attracted some criticism from around 25 people. We accept that criticism.

"The responses show that as an association we are still failing to provide for our members their most basic requirements: a programme of regular meaningful games."

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