Saturday 18 November 2017

Club Players' Association's bid for official recognition shelved after the motion is withdrawn at GAA Congress

9 January 2017; CPA members from left, Niall Corcoran, Aaron Kernan, CPA Executive member and Grassroots Coordinator, Declan Brennan, Secretary CPA, left, Micheal Briody Chairman CPA, and Kevin Nolan, CPA Executive Member and Player Welfare Coordinator and Liam Griffin, CPA Executive Member and Hurling Fixtures Coordinator
9 January 2017; CPA members from left, Niall Corcoran, Aaron Kernan, CPA Executive member and Grassroots Coordinator, Declan Brennan, Secretary CPA, left, Micheal Briody Chairman CPA, and Kevin Nolan, CPA Executive Member and Player Welfare Coordinator and Liam Griffin, CPA Executive Member and Hurling Fixtures Coordinator
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

The newly-formed GAA Club Players’ Association (CPA) will have to wait at least another year for full recognition, following the withdrawal of a motion on the issue at Congress.

Wexford and Tipperary proposed that the CPA be formally acknowledged as official representatives of club players, a role fulfilled by the GPA for inter-county players.

Margaret Doyle (Wexford) said that the CPA could play a very positive role and there should be no fear of granting them official status.

However, Sligo, Galway and Down opposed the motion before former GAA President Nickey Brennan suggested that the wisest option was to withdraw the motion and engage with the CPA over the coming months.

“We don’t want to send out the wrong message to club players but the CPA has only been formed recently and we need to know more about them. 

“It would be better to engage with them and come back another time with a motion when we all know where we stand. We don’t want to send out a message that we’re voting against club players which is why I suggest that withdrawing the motion is the best way to deal with this for now,” he said.

Wexford and Tipperary accepted his suggestion and withdrew the motion, which, if put to the delegates would almost certainly have been defeated.

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