The Rules Advisrory Committee (RAC) has ruled that the GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) will be allowed to undertake their disciplinary procedures through email following recent high profile suspensions falling by the wayside due to a loophole in the law relating to hearings.
Clare hurlers Peter Duggan and Rory Hayes, and Galway’s Cianan Fahy had suspensions overruled by the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) because email had been used in the process.
However, the rules committee have now said that communication through email is in accordance with the “principles of business efficacy.”
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Galway had stated that Fahy’s two-match suspension should not be upheld on the basis that email was used in getting to the verdict.
A CCCC member had struggled to view a video of the altercations during an online call and the clip was then sent out by email. Approval to move forward with a disciplinary charge was agreed in a follow-up thread.
RAC said that “prohibiting decision-making by email would fly in the face of the principles of interpretation of administrative provisions” and that “it would place constraints on the Association at all levels which are neither necessary or appropriate.”