GAA President John Horan has confirmed that a Tier 2 Football Championship will be discussed by Central Council next month with a Special Congress a possibility in the autumn.
Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland, Horan admitted that there is a serious appetite for a tiered approach to the football championship and confirmed that such a structure could be introduced as early as next summer.
“When you look at the Championships in the last few weeks you see great local derbies and great matches,” Horan remarked.
“Then you see some games a little bit with too big a gap in the result. With a big gap in the result if you look at the draw we have made this morning you can see a large number of Division Three and Four teams already in the qualifiers.
“So our hope would be that at the next Central Council meeting in June to bring forward a proposal to look at the introduction of a Tier 2 Championship for those teams in Division Three and Four.
“There is an appetite out there within the organisation for us to go ahead with a Tier 2 Championship. Now, I feel, is the time to grab that when the appetite is out there.
“I think we will possibly get it through at Central Council and if we do we will call a Special Congress in September or October time to have a look at putting this forward to have it introduced next year.”
The GAA President also confirmed that a Fixtures Review Committee will be established to come up with three proposals to be debated at Congress next year.
Former St Sylvester’s chairman Eddie Sullivan has been appointed Chairman of the Committee with an emphasis being placed on providing a ‘meaningful programme’ for club players.
The group have been tasked with putting together three proposals to tackle the current issues with the GAA calendar.
“The CPA and the GPA will each have a representative, the other members of the committee will be from other sectors -second level will have a representative, third level and then from within the organisation itself,” Horan explains.
“People who have an understanding of the actual fixtures programme. Somebody said it on the radio at the weekend, there is no silver bullet for this. If it was easily solved it would have been a solved a long time ago. I would be hoping that this group will come back with proposals that will be beneficial to the clubs on the ground.
“Key to it all I think is that I would like them to come back with three proposals. To come back with one proposal and were it to fall would not serve any great purpose from the work of the committee.
“The indication I will be giving to them when they do come together is to come in with three proposals because there is a debate out there whether provincial championships should survive or not survive.