JOHN CONNELLAN’s team seeking to change the GAA’s funding model will find out today whether their revised move is allowed before delegates in Congress.
And the former Westmeath footballer has accused the GAA of trying to block the motion being voted on at a meeting in Bekan next month.
Connellan has been the driving force behind the movement to achieve ‘Fair and Equal Capital’ – effectively challenging the status quo which shows Dublin receives more financial support than other counties.
A proposal in this regard has been made by the clubs at several county conferences in recent months.
Five counties supported the proposal – Westmeath, Roscommon, Tyrone, Galway and Mayo.
But Croke Park officials notified the counties involved on January 6 that the proposal had been inappropriate, until this Thursday to resubmit the ‘appropriately corrected petition’.
An amended proposal has now been filed, and Connellan has asked the GAA to notify them it is operating in order before the close of business today.
Connellan has become frustrated at what he sees as a lack of engagement from his top peers, and has made public correspondence about the matter between him and Croke Park chiefs – including the general manager. Tom Ryan.
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Connellan wrote: “Tom, as of February 2021, you have indicated that detailed data will be provided to better inform movement.
“This has not happened yet and the meager data that has been provided has resulted in completely unacceptable delays.
“It is surprising that on the eve of National County Conventions, your office has sent correspondence to the County Council governing committees stating that you are conducting a ‘review’ for Game funding. Play and Grow includes many of the principles we’ve advocated for over the past 18 months (i.e. stronger unit self-sustainability, business case analysis, etc.). We are deeply disappointed that the correspondence and details surrounding the proposed review were not shared with our group of GAA volunteers, who have been campaigning, advocating, and working in this area recently. 2 years now.
“Undoubtedly, this is your office’s last resort attempt to disrupt healthy and meaningful debate, and to make a recommendation regarding an issue that has clearly gained notoriety. resonate with the GAA community across the country.
“You already have my email address, my phone number and my willingness to stick with you for over 18 months.
“This correspondence issued on the eve of the County Conventions in an attempt to influence the democratic debate is baseless and completely unfair.”
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Former Lake County ace Connellan called on the GAA to notify the group if their motion needed further adjustment, before the deadline passed.
“The Motion Proposal has been in the public domain for, or, about 18 months, and its content, nature and goals have been known to Croke Park for some time,” he said.
“We find it completely pointless and contrary to the democratic principles that are supposed to be the foundation of the Association to cite technical reasons for not allowing a motion to be debated in Congress upon the request submitted. directly to Ard Stiurthoir 8 months ago to prevent this situation. no accident.
“If you, or the RAC (Rules Advisory Committee) believe there are any other issues with the petition, we will request that a formal Zoom meeting with the RAC be held as soon as possible to discuss how these technical problems can be solved.”
The GAA declined to comment when contacted by SunSport.
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