Integration of three bodies underway as Mary McAleese chairs first meeting

October 27, 2022

Seven-year old mascot Mo Nerney meets President Mary McAleese prior to the 2001 TG4 All-Ireland final between Laois and Mayo at Croke Park. ©Aoife Rice/Sportsfile

Former Irish President Mary McAleese has chaired the first meeting of the Steering Group on Integration between the GAA, the Camogie Association and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association.

The meeting took place last Wednesday, October 19th and the talks have been aimed at integration between all three bodies towards a 'one association' model.

It was agreed unanimously at last week's meeting that the integrated structure "will be based on One Association for all Gaelic games and built on the principle of equality". 

An official statement, which arised from the meeting, was released this morning and read: 

"It was unanimously agreed that the future integrated structure will be based on One Association for all Gaelic games and built on the principle of equality.

"It was also unanimously agreed that a significant listening process is required to assist the development of the integrated structure and this process should be one where all voices are given an opportunity to contribute.

"To begin this process representatives of Clubs, One Clubs, Camogie Association, GAA and LGFA management, Players, County Committees, Provincial Councils, and relevant others including representatives of outside organisations which have successfully affected integration processes will be invited to take part.

"Starting this December, the SGI plans to hold a series of one-day forums on the “how” of integration to which these representatives will be invited and given the opportunity to share their ideas with members of the Steering Group.

"Further details on the one-day forums will be published when finalised."

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