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Saturday 25 November 2017

Croker view shaped by Rebel experience

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

GAA president Christy Cooney yesterday outlined how experiences in Cork over the last two winters have convinced Croke Park not to get involved in the ongoing Limerick dispute.

The GAA formally informed Limerick yesterday, after a few days of private negotiations with the stakeholders, that they wouldn't be getting involved.

"Over the last couple of days we have spoke to the various parties in Limerick and don't believe that our involvement will add anything to find a solution to the Limerick situation," said Cooney.

"I suppose we've learned from that situation (Cork) and we didn't resolve the situation there either."

Cooney admitted disappointment with their failure to get anywhere. "It's been going on so long that there is bound to be entrenched positions. That's very difficult and maybe if it was tackled early on we might have been in a better position to resolve the situation, but that's where it is now."

Cooney said the GAA's refusal to get involved in Limerick doesn't mean they wouldn't be prepared to step into future disputes. But he expressed the hope that, with GPA involvement now, they could be avoided.

"We'll always evaluate whether we can help in a process or not and that's what we've done," Cooney went on.

"At this stage, myself and Paraic (Duffy) have given the matter very serious consideration and having reviewed the situation, we are clear that we haven't anything to add to the situation."

He added that earlier dialogue in these situations was the key to resolution. "These matters have to be nipped in the bud from a very early stage and it just didn't happen on this occasion. This is rumbling now since November and it was only last week that we were asked to intervene in the situation and it's not very satisfactory.

"We're hoping that very shortly we'll have come up with an agreement with the GPA that we can use to ensure that situations like this won't happen again in the future."

Irish Independent

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