GAA’s player fund to run foul of gender laws?

In this morning’s Irish Times, trouble brewing for the GAA:

“Under the scheme, announced last January, the all-male Gaelic Players Association (GPA) will receive €8.75 million to support its player-welfare schemes and other operations. But the Equality Authority has informed the GAA’s inclusion and integration committee that the plan “contravenes discrimination legislation on the gender ground”.

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  • FuturePhysicist

    A big opportunity to reform the GPA to include the womans games in some capacity.

  • “A big opportunity to reform the GPA to include the womans games in some capacity.”

    The GPA is a separate body from the GAA and is more akin to a “trade union” for county players. I haven’t read the article due to the subs but if what Mick as posted is reflective of the piece then this is not so much trouble for the GAA but trouble for the GPA whom the GAA would happily dispense with in the morning if they could.

    The “woman game” is administrated by the Ladies’ Gaelic Football Association. Again this is a completely separate body from the GAA with their own structures and Central Council.

  • Drumlins Rock

    Ulick, does that mean women are not allowed to be members of the GAA?

  • @DR

    There are many women members of the GAA, it’s just that they don’t play competitive football or hurling with the men from age 12 and over. As the GPA only represent senior (mostly) county level players, they are an all-male organisation. The GPA is seen by many ‘ordinary’ members as representing only the elite of county players and many suspect they really harbour ambitions of abandoning the amateur ethos in favour of ‘pay for play’. The money, many would argue, would be better spend on welfare programmes for the club players.

  • Drumlins Rock

    ok, the whole quasi profession side of things is fascinating.

  • One of the most interesting and good features of the past 20 years or so has been the growth of womens GAA. (are we still supposed to call it Ladies GAA?).
    Fifteen years ago the leading player on #2 sons under 10 team was a girl, known as the “Gobber” for her ability to punch opposing right backs in the mouth.
    Those of us who spend too much time in GAA clubs will be familiar with the sepia coloured photographs of old camogie teams with those rather unflattering gym frocks…..now I am forbidden from going to watch our local “chix with stix”.
    Was there really ever a team in the Belfast Markets area named for Countess Markievicz who were dubbed the “Market Bitches” by other camogie clubs. I want it to be true.

    But GAA has certainly embraced women within the footballing ranks. “The Gobber” is now 25 and playing at inter-county level. ….

    But good as Womens (Ladies?) football is….it doesnt pay the GAA bills. Equality of “pay” (oops I mean expenses) will hardly be fair.
    So many other issues for gender and sport.

    Does the local golf club have women as full members?
    If not, should the Golfing Union of Ireland have aid from Sports Councils (north and south).
    Of course …..politicians and senior civil servants PLAY Golf …..so I suppose I know the answer.
    Likewise there are some rather elitist Tennis Clubs around.