CPA members in favour of escalation

April 24, 2018

Michael Briody of the CPA

The CPA has released the findings from its April survey of members, which received 3959 responses.

72% of respondents are not happy with the organisation of club fixtures in their county, while 58% have not received a master fixtures plan setting out their matches for the 2018 season

CPA Chairman Micheál Briody said: "We are releasing the latest survey results in their entirety in the interests of transparency. We have asked the questions that we felt we need a steer and some background detail upon before we engage with the new Director General and his team. We will also publish them on our website and through social media so anyone that wants to can view them.

"The responses would confirm the anecdotal evidence we have had among members and from email feedback relating to continued issues around fixtures; the absence of master fixtures plan; differing approaches and attitudes to April in the absence of any enforcement measures and the need for more clearly designated periods for club, county and college competition.

"We asked our members for their views on escalating the CPA response and going a different route in the light of our experiences with Congress. This question elicited 499 written responses expressing frustration, anger and annoyance. The question was not sufficiently clearly worded on our behalf and that attracted some criticism from around 25 people. We accept that criticism."

"The responses show that as an Association we are still failing to provide for our members their most basic requirements:  a programme of regular meaningful games."

The survey indicated continuing dissatisfaction among over 70% of respondents with the fixtures situation in their county. The survey also confirms that there has been very much a mixed response to April as a club only designated month by the GAA.

56% of respondents state that April was successfully set aside in their county for club activity. 41% of those responding have received a master fixture plan with specified dates for all games for the remainder of 2018. The remainder say they have not. 89% of respondents would like to see designated periods for club, intercounty and college so that there is no overlap.



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