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[ # ] GPA Players Strike Possibility over Grants
October 10th, 2007

The issue of government grants for players is proving a tricky one to resolve and there’s every chance the GPA will call a players strike if it’s not sorted soon. There’s 5 million Euro in grant money available but there seems to be disagreement among all parties (GPA, GAA and Government) on how it should be distributed. The and the have been meeting regularly and according to GPA head Dessie Farrell “The time for talking is over”. They will meet sports minister Seamus Brennan later this week.

The thought of players striking seems crazy but the game has become so professional nowadays that the players need to be looked after. There’s always been a distance or divide between GAA top brass, be that at the national or county board level, and the actual players and quite often players seem to be forgotten about even though they are the ones that are the core of the association and games. On the other hand the GPA at times comes across as confrontational and they shouldn’t forget that it is still an amateur game they’re playing and also it’s the supporter who ends up providing the money and footing the cost for so many club and county activities. However any small money to offset the costs of todays crazy training schedules and regimes is probably well earned.


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