Miller memorial close to green light as GAA set to vote
The GAA is edging closer to hosting the Liam Miller benefit match at Pairc Ui Chaoimh as central council was put on notice of a potential meeting today to vote on the issue.
The association's management committee met last night to discuss the interpretation of rule 5.1, which governs the uses of GAA property in the context of the benefit soccer match.
If and when that interpretation establishes that the nature of the benefit match is a field game not in conflict with the "aims and objectives" of the association, approval will be sought by a central council meeting.
Counties were given notification of a possible meeting by GAA director general Tom Ryan.
The GAA has been under fire for the initial refusal to give the stadium over for the match when an approach was made by the organisers of the game.
It is not clear when GAA off-icials at Croke Park were first made aware of that approach, but the response from headquarters since has been widely criticised.
Particular focus was put on a statement issued last Friday, which emphasised how Cork and central council had no discretion to set aside the rule to allow the game to be played at the stadium.
It also emphasised how they were compliant with terms and conditions in relation to state funding for the redevelopment of the ground, according to legal advice.
Mr Ryan and GAA president John Horan met Cork County board officials and event organisers on Tuesday to discuss having the match at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
Mr Ryan and Mr Horan had no power to give clearance without central council approval, but any recommendation from management is virtually certain to get that now in the circumstances.
The landscape for future state funding for GAA stadiums looks set to change after the Cork controversy with recent indications from government sources that it will be incumbent on having community and multi- dimensional elements.
Former Manchester United and Ireland star Miller died in February at the age of 36 following a battle with cancer.