Wednesday 23 May 2018

Galway's bid for full integration into Leinster hurling championship hits a major snag

Leinster Council secretary Michael Reynolds.
Leinster Council secretary Michael Reynolds.
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Galway's bid for full integration into the Leinster inter-county hurling championships has hit a major snag, following queries about the legality of their motion to Congress on the matter.

They are proposing that their minor, U-21 and intermediate teams join the seniors in Leinster from 2018 on, a move not welcomed east of the Shannon.

In fact, there's downright hostility among most Leinster counties at the prospect of strong Galway minor and U-21 teams joining their championships.

Galway's motion is due to be discussed by Congress next Saturday but now the Leinster Council is questioning whether it's technically in order. They contend that there is a significant difference between the motion passed at Galway Convention and what appears on the Congress agenda.

"Our understanding of the Liam Mellows motion passed at the Galway Convention was that all the Galway county teams would compete in a single provincial championship structure," said Michael Reynolds, Leinster Council secretary.

"It didn't specify which province that would be but the motion that's due to come before Congress refers to Leinster only. We're at a loss to know where the new wording came from."

Motions passed by county conventions are forwarded to Croke Park for scrutiny and, if found to be technically flawed, they can be returned for correction. However, no substantive changes are permitted.

The Galway convention decision sparked considerable debate before Christmas as it gave the impression that playing in Munster, rather than Leinster, might be an option if Congress backed their stance.

However, the line 'Galway shall participate in Leinster' is included three times in the motion, thereby ruling out an approach to Munster.

"We are surprised by that after hearing what was passed at the Galway convention. We're wondering how this has come about," said Reynolds.

The matter will be discussed on Monday night by the Leinster Council.

Irish Independent

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