DRA set to hear Burt and Killybegs appeal

DRA set to hear Burt and Killybegs appeal

Burt and Killybegs GAA clubs’ appeal to the GAA’s Disputes Resolution Authority against rulings of the Ulster GAA Council and Donegal GAA is going to a full hearing.

This was confirmed to the Democrat yesterday by the DRA. The clubs are appealing procedural issues that arose at last December’s Donegal GAA Convention in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.

“All the paperwork is in place and we are ready now to go to a full hearing,” secretary of the DRA, Professor Jack Anderson told the Democrat.

“It is a matter now of me selecting the three people to adjudicate on the case. Those three people will be selected from the usual DRA adjudication panel and once that is done it will be a matter of fixing a date for the hearing,” the secretary added.

The DRA official also confirmed that no date has been set but due to the GAA Congress, which is on in Carlow at the end of the month, it may be four to five weeks before the case is heard.

Burt and Killybegs are appealing against the decisions of both the Donegal county board and the Ulster Council to reject their claims that proper procedure was not followed when dealing with a number of motions at last December’s Convention.

The club’s allege that a number of motions on the thorny issue of a player’s club allegiance which were passed at the meeting were not formally seconded and as a consequence should not have been voted on without being seconded.

The clubs first took their case to the Donegal board but that was rejected. They then took their case to the provincial Hearings' Committee, who also rejected their appeal. The provincial body ruled that no law was broken by the procedure of the Convention and that everything was in order and the motions passed were perfectly legal.

The clubs submitted a joint appeal to the DRA at the beginning of last month. The appeal was accompanied by a submission outlining their case.

The provincial body and the Donegal county board have submitted their response, as is required, and the case is now clear to go to a full hearing.

The deadline for the Ulster and Donegal response was yesterday (Wednesday) February 17th. The closing date for the response was last Wednesday, February 10th, but the Democrat has learned that the Ulster Council and Donegal sought and were granted a week extension to lodge their submission.

The DRA is an independent body set up by the GAA in 2005 to adjudicate on internal disputes within the Association and to avoid disputes ending up in the courts.

An appeal to the DRA costs €1,000 which is non-refundable.