CPA seeks support for transparent voting at GAA annual congress

Michéal Briody, CPA Chairman. Pic: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

The Club Players Association (CPA) has called on GAA members to back a motion to ensure voting transparency at the GAA annual congress.

Their proposal is one of eight they hope clubs will back at county conventions ahead of 2018 Congress in Dublin in February, a list which includes calling on the All-Ireland senior football and hurling championship to conclude by the second weekend in July. The CPA have put the list together, having received feedback from club players as well as senior GAA officials.

CPA chairman Micheál Briody said: “We look forward to seeing how they progress and the debate they generate. In truth, how many club members understand the GAA democratic process or would be comfortable taking it upon themselves to bring forward their ideas in a motion with confidence it can go all the way? It is the GAA’s version of the Log Cabin to the White House and sounds great, but is it?”

Motion 1:

Each delegate’s vote on any and all motions shall be recorded, and the result of each vote shall be announced and the record of how each delegate voted shall be displayed at Congress and published in the minutes thereafter.

Motion 2

: On receipt of lists of motions, each county will forward them electronically to every club for consideration and a ballot vote. (b) Within seven days of receipt, each club, having duly considered every motion at a club meeting convened for that purpose in the interim, shall inform their county committee electronically of their ballot vote for each motion. (c) On the basis of one club, one vote, and a simple majority, each county’s annual congress delegates shall vote on each motion in accordance with the ballot vote mandate of their clubs.

Motion 3

: That the Central Fixtures Analysis Committee shall become “The Central Fixtures Committee” and that it shall, before the 1st January each year, prepare and present an overall Master Plan for the entire fixtures programme of every Inter-County and County Club game, Leagues and Championships, to be applied at National, Provincial and County level simultaneously.

Motion 4:

That One (1) Players Representative (i.e. a Member who has participated as a player for their club within the previous 48 weeks) shall be added as a delegate to (i) a club’s delegation to annual county convention, (ii) a county’s delegation to annual Provincial convention and (iii) a county’s delegation to National Annual Congress.

Motion 5:

That the Official Guide 2017, Chapter 7, Enforcement of Rules/Arbitration, Rule 7.11 Appeals, Right of Appeal, (e), (2), (iii) be deleted from the Official Guide (allows clubs to appeal fixtures).

Motion 6

: That there shall be a mandatory closed period for games and collective training of all Inter-County panels for four consecutive weekends during the period April 1 to May 20 annually.

Motions 7 (football) and 8 (hurling):

That the (A) All-Ireland Senior Football and Hurling Championships, (i) Provincial Championships, (ii) All-Ireland Qualifier Series, and (iii) All-Ireland Quarter-Final Group Stage shall be scheduled for completion no later than the second Sunday in July.


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