Associations target 2027 integration date

The GAA’s integration process is to be completed by 2027, that is the aim of the three associations involved.

The GAA, the LGFA and the Camogie Association provided a significant update on how the situation is developing and former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, chair of the Steering Group on Integration for the last 18 months, is hoping that there will be one association in three years’ time.

Over the next year, there will be focus on items such as facility auditing, the One Club model and staffing structures.

Iar-Uachtaráin na hÉireann, Mary McAleese, chair of the Steering Group on Integration, said: “The Steering Group on Integration, after 18 months of intense listening and discussion, has now a recommended pathway to what will be the most historic development in Gaelic games and that is One Association for all of Gaelic games by 2027.

“Gaelic games are about to enter a new era. We are now at a point where the will of the members of the Gaelic Games Associations on integration can be delivered if our recommendations are followed and acted upon and made real.”

Camogie Association President Hilda Breslin said:  “Today marks a significant milestone for the Camogie Association, signifying a thrilling new chapter in our journey. Today is filled with excitement as we embark on a path of progress, merging to become one club, one county, one province, one congress, one association.

“This momentous step towards unity, equality and inclusivity is a testament to our shared goal of creating an environment that champions excellence and supports the holistic development of our players.”

Uachtarán CLG Larry McCarthy said:  “One of the biggest ever sports surveys of its kind, with more than 30,000 responses, produced an overwhelming majority in favour of integration. “That gave the SGI the mandate to make the dream of One Association a reality. We now have a roadmap to deliver an exciting future for all three Associations that will benefit all of our players, our clubs and the communities they represent.

“Working together, these proposals represent a new dawn for Gaelic games, and we will be committed to its development and its success. I’d like to thank Mary McAleese for her stewardship of the SGI and look forward to presenting details of this proposal to our respective congress gatherings in the coming weeks.”

Mícheál Naughton, LGFA President said:  “We have come a long way since the formation of the LGFA in 1974 and as we prepare to celebrate our 50th anniversary in July, it’s time now to embrace the next chapter in the development of our game.

“We are rightly proud of our progress and, as a strong and vibrant sport, Ladies Gaelic Football will only be strengthened and enhanced through integration. I have been proud to work on the Steering Group on Integration and our work will continue as we move forward with renewed purpose and focus.”

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