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Arbitration deal brings GAA strike to an end

By Tony Leen, Sports Editor
THE crippling Cork GAA players’ strike will end today after Labour Relations Commission (LRC) chief Kieran Mulvey secured a dramatic agreement on binding arbitration last night.


Representatives of the county’s hurlers and footballers confirmed last night they would be bound by Mr Mulvey’s fresh recommendations on the dispute, which will issued before lunchtime today.

County board chiefs also reiterated its agreement to abide by the proposals after a first face to face meeting last night with player representatives since the strike began 95 days ago.




There is speculation on whether Mr Mulvey’s recommendations will allow for Cork football coach Teddy Holland to remain in position. However, given the LRC’s chiefs belief that personality had no place in any resolution of this dispute, it is likely his recommendations will be more systematic than anything else.

Neither board officials nor player representatives would comment last night, but Mr Mulvey, who has succeeded in bringing the festering dispute to an end at the third attempt, said: “Both sides put their positions professionally and fairly, without rancour or emotion, without any personal invocation of any personality issue. Both stuck to the issue and I very much appreciate the constructive way they approached this.”

He described the mood of the one-hour meeting at a Cork city hotel as “cordial”.

Board chiefs will now begin immediate talks with Croke Park on Cork’s participation in the National Football and Hurling Leagues.

However, PRO Bob Ryan last night admitted that this weekend’s games against Dublin in football and Waterford in hurling may be too soon.

“We will seek have to have seek those games to re-fixed. We will make contact with the Central Competitions Control Committee today and let them take it from there.”

But GAA spokesman Fergal McGill suggested that it would be preferable for Cork to fulfil the two glamour fixtures.

“It remains a matter for Cork to see if the games go ahead. As far as we are concerned the games are fixed for this weekend,” he said.

Cork’s players were represented at the meeting by hurlers Donal Óg Cusack and Joe Deane, and footballers Graham Canty and Anthony Lynch.

Mr Mulvey added: “I can’t please everyone all the time but what’s important is the spirit in which the arbitration finished, with both sides acknowledging the role of each other and the efforts both have put into it, and the fact that both parties reaffirmed their commitment to Cork GAA was very important.

“It was very friendly, very cordial. The conclusion of the arbitration gives me hope for the future.”

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