Rule 42 counties to seek Croker clarification

ALTHOUGH the possibility of boycotting Congress seems to be side-lined, the eight counties who motioned for a change in Rule 42 will contact Croke Park to seek clarification as to why each motion was ruled out of order this year.

Representatives from the eight counties Dublin, Mayo, Cavan, Laois, Roscommon, Wicklow, Clare and Longford met in Portlaoise on Thursday night to discuss the situation and contemplate their next move.

Afterwards, Tommy Kenoy, the Roscommon delegate who first brought a Rule 42 motion to Congress three years ago, issued a statement on behalf of the counties.

"We accept with regret that these motions will not now be on the Clár of GAA Congress next month.

"It was agreed to seek clarification on certain matters relating to the motions. Pending the response to this request, a further meeting may be held. Those attending the meeting will now report back to their respective county committees."

While each county was reported to be outraged by the motions committee's decision last week, the mood of militancy eased by the end of the meeting. Originally, it had been thought the eight counties would boycott Congress.

The issue is becoming quite a divisive one within the GAA with Kerry county board chairman Sean Walsh defending President Sean Kelly, an accepted advocate of opening up Croke Park, this week.

Certain other prominent members of the GAA have questioned the true democracy of the Association following the decision taken by a committee made up of ex-Presidents. It is the second successive year that motions relating to Rule 42 have been decreed out of order, coming just three years after Roscommon's motion was narrowly defeated at Congress in Dublin.

While there is no appeals process, some feel the least they can expect is a full explanation from Croke Park, but despite the rumours a boycott of Congress now seems unlikely.

However, spokespeople from all eight counties remained tight-lipped on what their next move will be, saying they are going to wait until Croke Park clarify certain matters relating to each motion.

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