The GAA and the Gaelic Players Association have confirmed they have settled their differences over mileage payment that surfaced earlier this year.
A statement issued on her behalf by the GAA’s communications department tonight clarified that an agreement had been reached for 2022 and that a new charter would come into effect in 2023.
The 2022 Participation Agreement is now subject to approval by the GAA Central Council and the GPA National Executive Committee, which are meeting separately this week.
“All previously outstanding issues related to travel expenses have been resolved. The GAA and GPA are committed to working together in a positive manner to avoid similar issues occurring in the future,” the statement said.
Earlier this year, negotiations for a new charter deal fell through, prompting the GPA to order its members not to conduct matchday interviews during the league. For a time it had the support of a few managers.
Gradually that was watered down to only broadcast matchday interviews, although the lines were blurred.
But just over two weeks ago, the GPA decided to suspend the disengagement policy due to positive sentiment regarding the ongoing talks.
When negotiations for a new charter began last year, the GAA was keen to limit the subsidies it pays from central funds to three meetings/games per week, a guideline common to the two Covid-hit Inter -County seasons applied.
After the failure of those talks, the GAA proceeded to issue a charter to the county boards that four meetings per week would be subject to a subsidy of 18 cents of the 65 cents payable. Anything beyond that is subject to local agreement in the districts.
The GPA has updated its members of the development, while county boards have also been updated by Croke Park.
2022 is expected to remain at the current four-week cap on the subsidy, but for the 2023 agreement, the contact hours document that GPA submitted to the GAA’s exercise science working group will feed into the negotiations.
This was highlighted in a statement by Wexford’s hurler and GPA secretary, Matthew O’Hanlon, on the matter in March, focusing on teams with different training loads depending on where they are in the inter-county season .
Essentially, the preseason would include more weekly sessions than the week of a game, and an annual figure is more likely to be established to cover the season between districts.
For now, there is no limit to the number of players in a roster who can receive expenses. That had been capped at 32 during Covid and even in recent months.
The GPA has also informed members that students will be reimbursed an additional 15 cents per mile for the 2021 season, subject to a maximum of €250.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaa-and-gpa-confirm-agreement-on-payment-of-mileage-expenses-for-inter-county-players-41655997.html GAA and GPA Confirm Agreement to Pay Mileage Fees for Inter-County Players