GAA Annual Congress - update day 1

November 7, 2018

GAA Annual Congress – Day One

Motion 1 passed with almost 98 per cent

The first motion relates to the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship and it essentially seeks to retain the structure used for the championship from 2014-2016 for future years. The current structure, which includes a Leinster 'round robin' qualifying group, was introduced at Congress 2013 for a three-year period and this motion seeks to retain that structure.

Motions 4 to 11 are submitted from Central Council on the back of a number of sub-committee reports published in recent years. The motions are all linked – they essentially are the 'burnout and fixture planning' motions, which ultimately stem from Páraic Duffy's document which was released late last year.

Motion 4 has been passed with 68.2%! Inter-county minor will be U17, and not U18, from January 1, 2018.

The minor grade, at inter-county level only, will become U17 and no longer U18. All minor players at inter-county level will be aged between 15 and 17 and at club level, between 14 and 18. To be effective from January 1, 2018. A reminder that the minor grade at club level is unaffected.

GAA Annual Congress – Day Two

Motion 6: This motion proposes the following: “Players who are not included in an Inter-County Senior Panel of 26 players, shall be available to their Clubs on the weekends of National League and Senior Championship games.” In the event of this rule not being implemented by counties, the penalty is as follows: "A County shall forfeit Home Venue for its next ‘Home Game’ in the respective National League."