Camogie President Hilda Breslin told KCLR’s camogie podcast Caman Caint that they will be keeping an open mind in relation to a potential merger.
Hilda Breslin has said that no progress will be made in relation to integrating the LGFA, The Camogie Association, and the GAA if any of the 3 associations come into the talks with prerequisites.
“Where we are, we have no preconditions on what we see the future to be.”
Her comments come after LGFA President stated in an interview that they would be looking for their own president and to keep the rules that they currently have in place.
“To be fair to him, he was asked a few questions after Congress and he answered them.”
However, the great-granddaughter of Irish trade unionist ‘Big’ Jim Larkin feels that an agreement can only be reached if all parties are willing to negotiate.
“I don’t think there is any point in going into a room if we’ve already decided what it’s going to look like.”
Breslin believes that all three associations will have to accept that things will be different if they are to join forces.
“If it’s one association, it’s one association”.
Aspiration vs Inspiration
The idea to systemize the relationship between the three associations has been touted for decades but no real progress has been made to make the idea a reality.
“We can all have the aspiration of integration but unless we’re actually going to put it down on paper and discuss what it’s going to be like and the mechanism for it, it’s not going to get us very far”.
“There is quite a lot of communication between the three associations. The next step is that we would formalize that.”
Listen back to the full interview with Hilda Breslin on Camán Caint here