Thursday 26 April 2018

Fitzgibbon Cup due to resume despite chance of appeal

IT Carlow's Stephen Maher
IT Carlow's Stephen Maher
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

The remaining quarter-finals in the Fitzgibbon Cup have been fixed for next Tuesday after a marathon meeting that went on into the early hours of Thursday morning saw IT Carlow dramatically reinstated.

However, a shadow still hangs over the competition as Mary Immaculate, who were ousted after Carlow's reinstatement, have the option of bringing their case to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA).

At the lengthy Croke Park meeting, IT Carlow successfully argued that they didn't break any rules when fielding James Gannon after the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) took a different interpretation of what qualifies a player to participate in third-level competitions.


Comhairle Ardoideachais (CA) originally ruled that as Gannon was sitting his course through his job, he wasn't eligible to play.

But the CAC upheld Carlow's appeal on the grounds that his course that reached the '60 credits' standard required for participation.

In all, the case was contested on 22 grounds. CA won 21 of them but ultimately lost the case and are understood to be frustrated with the decision.

Details of the remaining quarter-finals will be released today but they could yet be thrown into doubt should Mary I choose to pursue the case to the highest authority.

They have seven days to take a case to the DRA which could also throw the finals of the competition, which are due to be played next Friday and Saturday, into doubt. A representative of the college could not be contacted for comment last night.

As it stands, Carlow IT are due to play LIT with WIT down to take on DIT to see who will join UL and CIT in the semi-finals.

Irish Independent

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