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GAA Congress won’t debate field issue

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

The departing president, Sean McCague, confirmed last week that the issue of Rule 42 would not be on the agenda for Congress despite the fact that two motions had earlier been forward on the topic. Both motions, from Roscommon and Clare, were ruled out of order even though almost identical motions had been debated at congress in the past.
Both motions, which were advocating a change of the rule in certain circumstances, were rejected by a vetting committee. “I pointed out to Clare that the motion would have to be amended,” McCague said, “but they didn’t bother.” However, Clare’s Noel Walsh responded that he didn’t make any amendments because he didn’t believe the motion to be out of order.
So while talks involving the rugby union, the football association and the Irish government over the possible redevelopment of Lansdowne Road continue, and with the proposed National Stadium is now a dead duck, the finest stadium in Ireland will remain unused for the best part of six months of this year.
The GAA badly needs to generate revenue to pay off the debt built up by the spectacular refurbishment of Croke Park, and some income would come from staging high-profile rugby and soccer matches. Both the topic that is being discussed by GAA people the length and breadth of the country won’t be discussed at next month’s annual talking shop.

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