Christy Cooney denies GAA/GPA failure

GAA President Christy Cooney has denied suggestions the Association’s dispute resolution protocol with the GPA has been damaged by the failure to find a resolution to the problems in Fermanagh.

Eleven players from the Ulster county remain unavailable for selection after they withdrew from the panel last month. The Fermanagh County Board met with the GAA and GPA in an effort to resolve the row. However,after taking the recommendations into account,the board voted to reject them. Cooney denied the decision was a blow to the GAA and GPA’s new deal.

“No. Absolutely not,” said Cooney. “There are a lot of things happening that wouldn’t even come to the attention of the media. We deal with others, through proposals, and the GPA on an ongoing basis.

“It is just that the Fermanagh one got a bit more publicity than any other. A lot of things happened behind the scenes. Fermanagh had the right to do what they believe was right.”

Cooney also revealed the GAA are set to make a ticket package for the league finals in Croke Park on Saturday and Sunday week:

“We have our communications people, tickets people and financial people looking at a package for the weekend that will attract people if they come on Saturday and stay around for Sunday. We will be looking at those over the next couple of days and probably announce something soon on ticket prices.”


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