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Resolution expected in spending impasse between GPA and GAA

By on April 15, 2022 0

A move is expected in the coming weeks to end the spending stalemate between the GAA and the Gaelic Players Association (GPA).

A meeting between Croke Park chiefs and GPA representatives on Thursday morning was described as “productive” in a joint statement.

“The GAA and the players’ representative body, the GPA, met this morning to discuss the ongoing dispute over player spending,” it read.

GPA CEO Tom Parsons with GPA National Executive Committee member and footballer Tyrone Niall Morgan speaking at a GPA press conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry, Dublin. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

“The meeting was productive and a framework was put in place to try to reach a resolution.

“Both parties will re-engage under the terms of this framework over the coming weeks,” the statement continued.

The dispute centers on the GPA’s belief that the GAA reneged on a central part of the Players’ Charter which previously included a commitment that all expenses incurred by players would be covered.

August 11, 2019; A general view of a Gaelic football during the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final between Kerry and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo: Piaras O Midheach/Sportsfile

However, after the terms of this charter were suspended to reflect the tight financial reality during the pandemic, the GAA this season capped player reimbursement at a maximum of four sessions per week while limiting such expenses to 32 players per panel. .

Any excess sessions and numbers would require separate negotiations with individual county councils.

A move is expected in the coming weeks to end the spending stalemate between the GAA and the Gaelic Players Association (GPA). Photo: INPHO/James Crombie

The GPA, opposing the new terms, withdrew media cooperation with events promoting GAA competitions and boycotted television interviews.

As part of the resolution process, the GPA requested the establishment of an expert committee to recommend the number of contact hours/cross-county sessions.