04 January, 2011

GAA to discuss the hottest of hot potatoes tonight:

Double jobbing: Dublin football manager Pat Gilroy
The worst kept "secret" in the GAA; that is the under-the-counter payment of senior inter-county GAA managers, will be the hot topic on the agenda for the Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC) of the GAA tonight. It is widely known in GAA circles that top inter-county managers get paid €30,000 - €50,000 per annum by their respective county boards.

Also on the agenda tonight will be the questioning of the Cavan inter-county football squad and management, who are alleged to have broken the GAA's ban on inter-county training during November and December. Cavan are also rumoured to be being brought to task tonight for renting out their home stadium; Kingspan Breffni Park for non-GAA purposes by a rival sporting body.

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael: Criostóir Ó Cuana
Many believe that the GAA should scrap the ban on off-season inter-county squad training because it is turning players away from Gaelic Games, but the GAA are nothing if not strict (and sometimes old fashioned) disciplinarians. Interestingly, the GAA do not object to inter-county players partaking in rugby or soccer (or other "foreign" sports) during November and December. Times have indeed changed for those who remember Rule 27 of the GAA; more popularly known as "the Ban" on GAA players playing non-GAA sports. Hopefully, the GAA will consider abolishing the ban on collective training in the GAA off-season tonight. The meeting will be chaired by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael: ó Eochail, Contae Chorcaí: Criostóir Ó Cuana: (GAA President: from Youghal, County Cork: Christy Cooney).

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