"The work of the Task Force continues" - GAA responds to CPA's decision to opt out

November 20, 2019

A surprise decision by the CPA.

The GAA is “surprised and disappointed” at the decision of the Club Players Association to walk away from the Fixtures Calendar Review task force.

The CPA outlined their reasons for opting out of the process in a detail yesterday and Croke Park chiefs issued their response in a statement last night: “The GAA is surprised and disappointed at the decision of the CPA to withdraw its representative Michael Higgins from the Fixture Calendar Review Task Force particularly at such an advanced stage and given that the work of the Task Force is nearing its completion.

“The group met for the first time on June 20 and consulted widely. It is understood that the Task Force analysed submissions, proposals and comments across a wide range of issues as outlined in their Terms of Reference.

“The Task Force was expected to develop proposals in a balanced way recognising and respecting the sometimes conflicting views and needs of the various stakeholders involved and the many individuals and groups that it consulted.

“It is understood that the CPA have been represented at all meetings of the Task Force and that they have fully engaged throughout.

“The work of the Task Force continues and will be completed later this month. At that stage, any proposals brought forward will be considered and decisions taken by the broader Association on the appropriate next steps.”

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