Thursday 19 September 2019

Full CPA statement: Response to Defeat of Roscommon Motion - 'The GAA has lost touch with the Association's grassroots'


Ard Stiúrthóir of the GAA Tom Ryan. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Ard Stiúrthóir of the GAA Tom Ryan. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

'We are utterly disgusted and disappointed at what we believe is a clear sign of contempt by our main governing body for a Motion deliberated, discussed and passed by the clubs of Roscommon at a time of great concern over the GAA's fixtures crises.

We can only draw the conclusion that those who lead the organisation have lost touch with the Association's grassroots members who want a games schedule that will bring regularity and certainty to GAA fixtures at both club and inter-county levels.

We are seeking an urgent meeting with An Uachtarán CLG and An Ard-Stiúrthóir Tom Ryan to express our anger and frustration on behalf of Roscommon CPA. We believe we are due that courtesy as long-standing GAA members with years of service as unpaid volunteers.

Bringing this motion followed hours of work, discussion and meetings, all done to observe the GAA's democratic structures.

We are concerned that:

  • Tom Ryan failed to send the motion to Co Board Secretaries in order to allow them to bring the proposal before their Co Boards for debate and decision.
  • The vast bulk of Saturday's delegates were not mandated by their clubs.
  • Co Board Secretaries did not get a chance to bring it before their clubs.
  • Central Council members only received it on Friday, November 23rd, the day before the meeting
  • The first agenda notification they got did not even include the Roscommon motion.
  • It was only subsequently issued later that day having been "inadvertently" left out of the first email.

Officialdom should get on the togs and try running their lives, family, work, social events, weddings, christenings and holidays amidst the chaos that is the GAA's fixtures schedule.

All that shows a most disappointing lack of respect both for ordinary GAA members and for the democratic process. This tells us clearly that the Association is fast becoming a corporate elitist body whose leaders have lost sight of the GAA's central ethos; a community-based Gaelic games and culture organization with the club at its very core."

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