The Roscommon Club Players Association have Responded to the defeat of Roscommon’s Motion at Central Council last Saturday, calling for a blank canvas in regard to fixtures design.
In a statement issued to Shannonside FM, Roscommon CPA Stated;
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.
We can only draw the conclusion that those who lead the organisation have lost touch with the Association’s grassroots members who want a games schedule that will bring regularity and certainty to GAA fixtures at both club and inter-county levels.
We are seeking an urgent meeting with An Uachtarán CLG and An Ard Stiúrthóir Tom Ryan to express our anger and frustration on behalf of Roscommon CPA. We believe we are due that courtesy as long-standing GAA members with years of service as unpaid volunteers.
Bringing this motion followed hours of work, discussion and meetings, all done to observe the GAA’s democratic structures.
We are concerned that
• Tom Ryan failed to send the motion to Co Board Secretaries in order to allow them to bring the proposal before their Co Boards for debate and decision.
• That the vast bulk of Saturday’s delegates were not mandated by their clubs.
• Co Board Secretaries did not get a chance to bring it before their clubs.
• Central Council members only received it on Friday November 23rd the day before the meeting
• The first agenda notification they got did not even include the Roscommon motion.
• It was only subsequently issued later that day having been “inadvertently” left out of the first email.
Officialdom should get on the togs and try running their lives, family, work, social events, weddings, christenings and holidays amidst the chaos that is the GAA’s fixtures schedule.
All that shows a most disappointing lack of respect both for ordinary G.A.A. members and for the democratic process. This tells us clearly that the Association is fast becoming a corporate elitist body whose leaders have lost sight of the G.A.A.’s central ethos; a community based Gaelic games and culture organization with the club at its very core.
Meanwhile The GAA have released a statement today regarding a meeting between the Gaelic Players Association and the President John Horan.
The statement in full reads:
The GAA and GPA can confirm that a meeting took place in Croke Park earlier today that included GAA President John Horan and GPA CEO Paul Flynn.
The meeting was held at the request of the GPA to seek further clarification on the process for the introduction of the trial playing rules in Gaelic Football.
It was noted that the initial part of the rules experimentation will take place in the upcoming Provincial Pre-Season competitions.
The GAA confirmed that there will be an opportunity at the next scheduled meeting of Ard Chomhairle on January 19 to review the proposals ahead of the Allianz Leagues.
The GPA have agreed to continue to liaise with the Standing Committee on the Playing Rules between now and January.