GAA Ard Stiúrthóir Tom Ryan has responded to criticism from the Roscommon Club Players Association (CPA). The Roscommon CPA Motion asked for a blank canvass approach to fixture making.
The Motion was defeated by Central Council last weekend.The Roscommon CPA issued a statement on Wednesday.
The Statement said ” We are utterly disgusted and disappointed at what we believe is a clear sign of contempt by our main governing body for a Motion deliberated, discussed and passed by the clubs of Roscommon at a time of great concern over the GAA’s fixtures crises”.
To read the statement in full. Click here
GAA Ard Stiúrthóir Tom Ryan speaking to GAA.ie has responded to the Roscommon CPA statement.
In taking issue with the Roscommon CPA response, Ard Stúrthóir Ryan insists that fixtures remain a top priority and that the CPA will be a part of the GAA response to that.
He said: “The inference of it was, I suppose, that there was some concerted effort to suppress the thing or to undermine the chances of the motion passing.
“And that wasn’t the case. It absolutely wasn’t the case. I think counties had very early sight of that particular motion. It was well-aired. It was the talk of the country really.”
He added: “The motion for whatever reason didn’t get through. But I don’t think, to be fair to the CPA, that isn’t the end of that particular debate.
“Is there an issue for discussion? There clearly is. There is a job for us to do on fixtures and there is a job for us to do on club fixturesand they will be part of that particular exercise”.
The Ard Stiúrthóir addressed the blank canvass motion.
“The CPA are very keen that that would happen with a blank canvass or a blank sheet. And I can see the appeal of that. But it just poses a few practical difficulties.
“It’s a bigger thing than the specific motion that went to Central Council last Saturday. So leaving aside that motion and how it was transacted, we do see that there is an issue. “And we do want the CPA to be part of solving that.”
Roscommon CPA had queried whether ample time was given for their blank canvass motion to be discussed. This has been rejected by the GAA.
To Read GAA Ard Stiúrthóir Tom Ryan’s conversation in full with GAA.ie follow the link