The move to merge the GAA, Camogie Association and Ladies Gaelic Football Association is taking another big step.
This past weekend saw the Gaelic games associations announce former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese as independent chairperson of the integration process between the three groups.
McAleese served as president from November 1997 to 2011.
All three bodies have engaged in discussions over the past 12 months with a view to becoming a single association. Mark Dorman, head of stadium business at Croke Park will serve as project manager on the integration process.
A statement issued jointly by each of the governing bodies reads
“The Gaelic Games Associations are pleased to announce that former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, has agreed to be independent Chairperson of the integration process between the Camogie Association, the GAA, and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association. Over the course of this year, all three Gaelic Games Associations separately discussed integration towards a One Association model. Mark Dorman has been confirmed as Project Manager for the integration process. A timeline on discussions between Chairperson McAleese and the three Associations will be agreed in the coming weeks to advance the project.”
In February this year, the GPA submitted a motion for consideration at GAA Congress to prioritise the integration of the three main Gaelic games bodies.