The GAA are to spend the next week talking with officials and club members at grassroots level in an attempt to deal with some of the problem issues facing the association at present.
Among the issues likely to be discussed around the country are the inter-county closed season, the use of club facilities for non GAA related activities, and the reduced size of inter-county panels.
The age old question of illegal payments to inter county managers is also certain to be discussed. GAA director general Paraic Duffy, has very strong feelings on the latter subject and has prepared a position paper on how to address the issue which continues to undermine the association’s amateur ethos.
All county chairmen and secretaries have been invited to take part in one of four meetings which are held countrywide. Each province will have their own meeting. It began last night in Munster and continues tonight in Leinster. Ulster have their meeting on Wednesday while Connacht officials get to speak their piece next Monday night.
Paraic Duffy and GAA president Christy Cooney are expected to address each meeting, where they will restate the GAA’s official policies in relation to all of the above areas and ask the grassroots level for support in implementing them. County officials will also get the opportunity to have their say and put forward any suggestions they may have.