GPA and GAA to resume “peace talks” over spending line


Talks between the GAA and the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) will resume later this week to find a solution to an impasse in paying expenses that has persisted since late last year.

The GAA and Players’ Body remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached in the coming weeks after some limited progress was made at their meeting last week.

But in the meantime, player collaboration with broadcasters on matchdays is expected to be phased out until a breakthrough emerges.

However, this withdrawal does not extend to the GAA’s sponsorship partners or any media days they will have in the coming weeks.

But those events were few and far between, with only Limerick hurler Gearóid Hegarty, a Bord Gáis ambassador, volunteering for one two weeks ago. Leinster GAA is hosting a Beko Club Champion launch this morning in which only former players will participate.

The GAA has sought to cap the number of weekly sessions for which they pay a subsidy to four, 17 cents of the 65 cents a player is entitled to for every mile traveled. Above four, they suggest districts pay the full amount themselves or make “local” arrangements with quads, something the GPA opposes as they seek equal terms for all district players.

Meanwhile, Tyrone will have Conor McKenna available for Sunday’s Ulster quarter-finals against Derry after his one-match ban was lifted at a Central Hearings Committee (CHC) meeting late Monday night.

McKenna was sent off in last week’s Fermanagh win as he responded to his challenge against fellow Conn Kilpatrick and became involved with Fermanagh players.

Joe McQuillan sent him off and he faced a proposed ban for contributing to a hand-to-hand fight, but Tyrone successfully argued that the suspension should not apply because of his actions and not a procedural matter. GPA and GAA to resume “peace talks” over spending line

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