Saturday 24 February 2018

Future of hurling up for discussion says President

GAA President Liam O' Neill
GAA President Liam O' Neill
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

GAA president Liam O'Neill says a discussion on the future shape of the hurling championship must intensify over the next couple of years.

O'Neill is not calling for specific change and isn't sure if there is an appetite across the association for it, but he is adamant that a discussion now needs to take place.

"I've set up discussion groups, meetings for Central Council members," he said yesterday.

"There are some issues I want to discuss so that we can come back and formulate policy, or formulate the initial thoughts on policy and send out to our sub-committees to discuss and come back to us to refine them.

"We will be discussing the hurling championship and it needs to be discussed. But that will be done a year in advance. We're not going to go running to Congress at short notice with ideas.

"We want to get a debate going and give everyone a part in the debate. I think I've shown that too on the hurling plan that was formed.

"I asked for a debate on hurling. I conducted it for two years, got a huge committee together, got their thoughts and went from there. We've done it with the football. We've set up a football committee. I believe there's a huge number of email suggestions coming in from that committee.

O'Neill believes the desire for change is being driven by a small minority and doesn't see much scope for more change.

"The hurling championship has changed dramatically already. We've broken the provincial boundaries that were there."

Irish Independent

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