Resolution expected in spending impasse between GPA and GAA
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.
“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.
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.
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.