Laois GAA have changed their procedures for dealing with transfer applications, which now brings the county in line with changes at a national level.
A motion, brought by the Shanahoe club, was required to be passed by all county’s after an agreement at Congress in 2012 to change the way in which the GAA deals with transfers.
Shanahoe clubman, and Laois’ Centra Council delegate Anthony Delaney, explained the changes to the rule. Where previously a transfer committee dealt with applications, now each individual county’s CCC will deal with the matters. Should any party then have a problem with the decision of the CCC, they will have recourse to an appeal with the County Hearings Committee, provided the application for same is received, in writing, within three days. If that proves fruitless, they must then go directly to the DRA.
The change will also have an impact on the registration of juvenile players, and if a player wants to play for a club outside of their parish, they must go through this process.
Mr Delaney also confirmed to questions from the floor that there would be no change to the parentage rule, and that the county committee would now no longer have a say in transfers either.
Ballypickas Secretary Mary Whelan claimed there were a number of errors in the amendment, and as a result it should be removed from the clár. In response, Anthoyn Delaney stated that Shanahoe had sought advice from a barrister, former chief justice and individuals with a combined total of over 200 years of GAA experience.
He also informed those present that if Laois were to reject the amendement, they would be in breach of the official guide from the GAA, and it would lead to “everyone being back here in three weeks time.”
After a protracted debate, the mood was probably best summed up by Graiguecullen’s Mick Bolton, who quipped. “Would ye declare it passed and move on”, which drew wide acclaim from those in the hall.
The second motion on the night before Convention was from Portarlington GAA club, who proposed to reinstate a 13- or 15-a-side competition at U-12 level. Speaking on the motion, club delegate Seamus Hunt said the club had brought a similar motion last year, but had been convinced by Liam O’Neill to remove it from the agenda at the National Congress.
The club agreed subject to a national review of Go Games at U-12 level. With this not taking place to a satisfactory level, the club are bringing a similar motion again this year.
Mr Hunt informed the meeting that a similar proposal may see a competition in the desired format approved at national level before the next Congress, in which case the motion will be removed again, but asked delegates to back it for now in case any changes were not forthcoming.
The motion was successfull passed on the night.