AHEAD of this year’s Congress, the Club Players' Association has written to all county boards, international clubs, higher education and GAA management giving details of the CPA backed motions that have gone forward for inclusion on the official Clár, and invited support.
Chairperson Micheál Briody said: "We believe that it is in the interests of all the GAA membership that the Association is clearly transparent and accountable. Whatever motions come forward to Congress the membership need to be assured that they will receive a fair hearing and that any vote is clear and transparent. We would call upon club members and players to ensure that their voice is heard in the way in which their county delegates are mandated for Congress."
He added: "Crucially motions now only require a 60% majority to get through and with the voting blocs in place it is easier for certain motions to find support. Given that the GAA is founded on democracy and that the voice of the club is important we need to ensure going forward that votes are recorded."
The CPA has sent the Accountability motion and letter to all congress delegates asking for their support.
· Every county secretary asking them to forward it to all congress delegates from their counties
· Every central council delegate
· Every member of management committee
· Secretaries of education boards, GPA, Handball
· Every secretary of international boards asking them to forward it to all their congress delegates
· To Paraic Duffy & Fergal Magill to ask them to forward it to every past president
He continued: "The Clár for Congress has yet to be released but there are likely to be a number of motions there that are of relevance and interest to every member of the GAA.
“Liam Griffin has been selected as a Wexford delegate to Congress, Liam has the authority to speak based on many years’ experience in the GAA and in business, as an All-Ireland winning manager and also respected analyst. His work on fixture planning is innovative and original and we hope that the GAA having seen the plans we produced will in due course realise that this is the way forward.”
Briody also confirmed that the CPA held their AGM in Croke Park and a number of new members have been added to the volunteer executive group. He also confirmed that the CPA have reaffirmed their stance on not taking any expenses or financial remuneration.
"With significant leadership change imminent at the top of the GAA, there has never been a better time to support an innovative and common sense motion. If this motion is carried at Congress, it will represent renewed engagement and respect between the grassroots and the hierarchy of GAA," he stated.
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