No increase in ticket prices and other Central Council news

GAA Central Council Meeting

At a meeting of the GAA’s Central Council on 13th December 2009 the following matters were discussed.

International Rules Series
Central Council confirmed the reappointment of Seán Boylan and team as Ireland International Rules Manager for 2009. Australia will play two games in Ireland in 2009 (venues to be confirmed) following which there will be a break for one year in 2010. The series will continue in 2011 and 2012. Discussions are continuing with the AFL in relation to recruitment of Irish players.

All Ireland Football Qualifiers
It was confirmed that there will be no designated teams in the first round of the All Ireland Football Championship Qualifiers in 2009 and that the first team drawn in each tie would be entitled to home venue.

Disputes Resolution Authority 2008
Liam Keane, Secretary of the DRA delivered a report on the activities of the Authority in 2008. He said that 23 requests for arbitration had been received this year, of which five were successful. He said the number of requests continued to fall and now average less than two per month.

Financial Matters
Finance Director, Tom Ryan presented the budget for the Association for 2009. It was confirmed that there would be no increase in admission prices in 2009. The proposed increase in mileage rates has been deferred due to falling fuel prices.

Child Welfare
National Children’s Officer, Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichíl outlined to the meeting developments to help ensure the delivery of best practice for the welfare and protection of children and young people in the GAA. This includes:
* Roll-out of the proposed new GAA National vetting service from February 2009.
* Revised and updated "Code of Best Practice" which is on target for publication in February 2009.
* Joint "Code of Behaviour" for persons working with children for GAA, Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael, Cumann Peil Gael na mBan, Comhairle Cluiche Corr and Comhairle Liathróid Láimhe na hÉireann due for publication in early 2009.

Further Information
Lisa Clancy
Director of Communications
GAA Communications Office

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