Cork to vote in favour of Option B at Saturday’s special congress

60 per cent weighted majority necessary for proposal to succeed this weekend

Cork are the latest county to vote in favour of Option B. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cork are the latest county to vote in favour of Option B. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

 

Cork are the latest county to vote in favour of Option B, a league-based championship, at this Saturday’s GAA special congress in Croke Park.

The county’s chief executive Kevin O’Donovan, a member of the Fixtures Calendar Task Force that produced the two options, listed for debate at the weekend, had already stated his support for Option B. On Tuesday night county delegates followed suit.

Cork join a list of counties who have declared their support for the proposal, which would switch the league into the summer and the provincial championships to the spring: Clare, Tipperary, Kildare, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly and Westmeath.

Kerry, Waterford and Laois will not mandate their delegates. Laois chair Peter O’Neill told Midlands 103 radio that they took the decision because of uncertainty over what would be on the final clár.

“We’re looking at it from a Laois point of view and our players have come forward; they want more games. They probably at the present time favour proposal B but from my meetings with Croke Park, it’s a complete moving tide and I don’t know what is going to be on the floor Saturday and that’s what I told the committee last night.”

On Monday night, former GAA president John Horan, who appointed the fixtures task force, suggested that Option A, the creation of four provincial-based groups of eight, be withdrawn for lack of support.

On Wednesday at midday, the GAA will hold a briefing session for media on the special congress and it will be interesting to see if GAA president Larry McCarthy or director-general Tom Ryan announce support for Option B or leave it run until Saturday.

The 60 per cent weighted majority necessary for a proposal to succeed is a high bar, especially as most Ulster counties are expected to oppose.

Whatever the outcome, it is expected that any new format will not be introduced until 2023 and probably for a trial period, as also advocated by Horan.

Meanwhile, despite reports that David Fitzgerald would be appointed the new manager of the Galway hurlers in succession to Shane O’Neill, there was no announcement from the county GAA to that effect on Tuesday night.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.