AGAINST a backdrop of ever-growing uncertainty, the GAA today holds a remote special congress today.
Donegal will be represented by Sean Dunnion, the county’s Central Council Delegate.
Four Masters man Dunnion, a former Donegal GAA chairman, will be one of 67 delegates on the conference call.
This week, the GAA announced the postponement of the start of the 2020 football and hurling championships, noting that it does not expect play until July ‘at the earliest’.
The purpose of today’s congress is not to discuss any structures or dates, but rather to transfer the powers from Congress to the 16-person Management Committee, enabling it to alter the schedules during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The purpose of Special Congress motions is to establish an interim governance structure for the Association in an emergency situation,” a GAA statement explained.
“In ordinary circumstances we are bound in all regards by Congress. However, in an emergency situation it means we have no flexibility on things like, for example, redefining competition structures.
“This proposal transfers, in exceptional circumstances, the power of Congress to the GAA Management Committee, with strict parameters and safeguards.
“This is the means by which the Association will give itself the capacity to respond to the current situation and, unless needed for a further period, our structures revert back to the standard model after 12 weeks.”
It is not expected that there will be much in the way of opposition to the motion.Tags: