It was never really about the report. Nowhere in GAA director-general Tom Ryan’s annual offering was there a criticism of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA). Nowhere in those 60 pages was there a mention or a scintilla of evidence that the GAA consider the inter-county players’ body ‘a problem child’.
The GAA’s response to the tragic events of St Patrick’s Day 2019, when three young people — Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie — lost their lives in a crush outside a Cookstown hotel, was tonight hailed by Tyrone County Board chairman Michael Kerr.
The Club Players Association (CPA) weren’t sparing with their language last week, but then, they would have had reason. The description of the fixtures taskforce as “a Trojan horse” was the exact phrase used by Europe chairman Tony Bass at Congress last year when he dismissed their transparency motion, which was then defeated heavily.