GAA release details of Special Remote Congress

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Tomorrow’s Special Remote Congress will vote on two emergency motions relating to COVID-19 and the Championship

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A few hours ago the GAA released more details on tomorrow’s Special Remote Congress. 67 delegates from around the country will vote by phone on two emergency motions. These motions would allow the association to respond effectively to the current Coronavirus, or COVID-19 outbreak.

As it stands, no GAA matches, in either football or hurling will take place until July. And based on this information, competitions will need to be either condensed or cancelled.

Both motions on the table tomorrow, if passed, will allow the association’s 16 member management committee to declare “Special Emergency Circumstances exist which make it impracticable to conduct the affairs of the Association in accordance with the Rules”. And this will allow the committee take over rule making powers to restructure competitions, which would normally only be decided at the annual congress.

Initially the special emergency circumstances period would be set at 12 weeks. A further 8 weeks can be approved by the Central Council if necessary.

These measures, if passed tomorrow, would remain in the rules should any future emergency situation ever arise.

The 67 delegates who will participate tomorrow include 1 delegate from every county (32 in Ireland and 14 overseas), GAA President john Horan, President-elect Larry McCarthy, the five provincial chairs (including Britain), 2 GAA trustees, seven past presidents, and the GPA, handball, higher education, primary schools representatives and post primary representatives.

The management committee is made up of 16 people, including John Horan, Director General Tom Ryan, former president Aogán Ó Fearghaíl and the 5 provincial chairs.

GAA Special Remote Congress Motions
Motion 1:

“That this Special Congress be entitled to consider and pass any motion to amend a Rule notwithstanding the provisions of 3.38 or any other Rule.”
Ard Chomhairle (Rule 3.40(a)(iv))

Motion 2:

“That Chapter 3 – Organisational Structures: Composition, Powers and Functions be amended by adding a new Rule 3.61 to read:
Special Emergency Circumstances

1. Where the normal operation of the Association is severely adversely affected due to the existence of a public emergency whether within Ireland (or any part thereof) or outside of Ireland, the Management Committee may, by resolution, declare that Special Emergency Circumstances exist which make it impracticable to conduct the affairs of the Association in accordance with the Rules.
2. Immediately upon making such a declaration the Management Committee shall notify each County of the declaration whereupon the Management Committee may take such steps as are necessary to conduct the affairs of the Association in accordance with its Aims and Ethos notwithstanding anything contained in the Rules including, but not limited to, the suspension or amendment of Rules or parts of Rules and the enactment of new Rules (with power to make such suspension, amendment or enactment retrospective to the date of the declaration of Special Emergency Circumstances, where appropriate).
3. A declaration that Special Emergency Circumstances exist shall be presented to the Central Council for approval as soon as is practicable but no later than two weeks after it has been made. Should the Central Council not approve a declaration by the Management Committee that Special Emergency Circumstances exist, within two weeks, then such declaration shall stand annulled, but this shall not invalidate anything done pursuant to such a declaration.
4. A declaration that Special Emergency Circumstances exist shall be for a specified period of no more than twelve weeks. The Management Committee may extend the period of Special Emergency Circumstances for a period or periods of no more than eight weeks each but any such extension shall be presented to the Central Council for approval as soon as is practicable but no later than two weeks after it has been made. Should the Central Council not approve the extension of the period of Special Emergency Circumstances, within two weeks, then such extension shall stand annulled, but this shall not invalidate anything done pursuant to such an extension.
5. If the Management Committee cannot conduct its affairs as a result of the public emergency which gave rise to the declaration it may delegate any of its powers under this Rule to a sub-committee comprising not less than four of its members, which shall include, unless they are incapacitated or otherwise unavailable, the President and the Director General (the latter of whom shall not have voting rights). Decisions taken by such a sub-committee shall be presented to the Management Committee for approval as soon as is practicable but no later than one week after they have been made. Should the Management Committee not ratify a decision of such a sub-committee, within one week, then that decision shall stand annulled, but this shall not invalidate anything done pursuant to such a decision.

Ard Chomhairle (Rule 3.40(a)(iv))