Annual GAA Congress Croke Park 2014 - Summary   22/02/2014

There was already a momentous evening at Headquarters on Friday, whenAogán Ó Fearghail was elected to the role of Uachtaráin-Tofa Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, becoming the first man from Cavan to ever be elected to the position.

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On Saturday, Uachtarán Liam Ó Neill delivered the annual Óráid an Uachtaráin. In it, he revealed the GAA's attention to pledge an additional €1 million to the development of hurling.

Click here to read the address in full

Of the 64 motions down for discussion on Saturday, 49 were passed, two were approved by Central Council prior to Saturday, 9 were rejected and four were withdrawn from the clár.

Click here for a full, comprehensive guide to what happened all the motions, as it happened, on Saturday

Click here for a guide to all the motions that were before Congress 2014

One of the motions which attracted the most attention ahead of Congress wasMotion 58, known informally as the 'Anthony Nash' motion, relating to the taking of penalty, free and sideline pucks. However, this motion was removed from the clár on Friday evening at Day 1 of Congress, with the GAA confirming that Central Council would provide an interpretation of the existing rule in due course.

On Saturday, one of the most significant motions to be approved was Motion 35, proposed by the Rules Advisory Committee.

Described by Ard Stiúrthóir Páraic Duffy at a briefing ahead of Congress as ‘the most radical’ on the clár, it will extend the match bans now enforced at Allianz League and senior inter-county championship level to the club scene. For more serious offences, time-based bans will remain in place at all levels.

Also approved on Saturday was Motion 46, proposed by the Moyle Rovers club in Tipperary. Its approval means that players eligible for the U16 grade will no longer be allowed to play at inter-county minor level. U16 players will still be able to play at minor level for their clubs, but U14 players will not. Motion 46 was approved very narrowly, just about securing the required two thirds majority (it received 68.7% approval)

Motion 47, which proposed to reduce the age of minor to U17, was withdrawn after a lengthy debate and discussion from a large number of delegates.

Among the other motions to be rejected were numbers 53, 54 and 55.Motion 53 proposed that match day panels be increased to 30 players,Motion 54 proposed that referees officiating at inter-county championship level should be from a different province to the two counties involved whileMotion 55 proposed that U21 inter-county teams be allowed to return to collective training on December 1.

Significant motions to be approved on Saturday were:

  • Motion 2: In the Leinster GAA Hurling Championship, if the team that emerges from the Provincial Qualifier group beats the seeded team – Kilkenny, Galway, Dublin, Offaly or Wexford – in the provincial quarter-final then they will automatically become a seeded team the following year, effectively swapping places with the team they have beaten. (Passed with 94%)
  • Motion 3: Extends the use of the public time-clock and hooter system, already approved for the Football Championship, to the Hurling Championship (Passed with 84%)
  • Motion 59: Interfering with Faceguards in Hurling is now a sending off offence. (Passed with 72%)
  • Motion 60: The use of racist and sectarian abuse is now explicitly a sending off offence. (Passed with 96%)

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