Club Players' Association say "campaign continues" to fix GAA fixture issues
THE Club Players' Association says its “campaign continues” to address the GAA's fixture issues after more than 3,000 players signed up in the days since Congress.
Urging its members to question their club and county officials over consultation around the GAA's decision-making process, they have pledged to keep the fixtures issue “in the spotlight”.
The CPA had sought approval from GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail to speak at Congress, but were refused on the basis that it would have been “inappropriate”.
Since their formation last July, the CPA repeatedly asked Páraic Duffy to park his proposals for a new structure for the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, but that did not happen and the proposals were passed with a 76 per cent majority at the weekend.
“On Saturday the GAA Congress passed the Super 8 Motion. It will have far reaching effects for your season irrespective of whether you play one code or both, or the level at which you play,” read the CPA's statement.
“Despite the Super 8 decision made by Congress, our campaign to Fix the Fixtures will continue unbowed, undiminished and with renewed determination.
“More than ever we believe a Thinktank and proper forum is a priority to fully address the GAA Fixtures programme. Saturday's proceedings have also raised issues about the level of club player engagement and players' understanding of the decision making process.
“The events at Congress have shown many of our players the way in which the GAA structures work in practice. With responsibility comes accountability.
“It is the CPA that have kept the GAA fixtures issue in the spotlight in recent weeks. We pledge to continue to do that on your behalf and to make sure you understand fully how to make your voice heard and your opinion count.”