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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 February, 2005, 10:03 GMT
Temporary motions the best chance
Croke Park
Croke Park is now an ultra-modern 80,000-seater stadium
Motions calling for the GAA to open up Croke Park on a temporary basis may represent the best prospect of change on Rule 42 at Congress in April.

It has been confirmed that the GAA's motions committee allowed seven motions on the Croke Park issue to go forward to the association's annual gathering.

Motions from Roscommon and Sligo call on the GAA to make Croke Park available to other sports on a temporary basis.

This is because redevelopment work at Lansdowne Road begins next year.

Despite suggestions to the contrary, the Roscommon and Sligo motions will also require a two-thirds majority at Congress on 15-16 April for the historic change to be agreed.

There is a possibility that the other motions calling for the permanent removal of Rule 42 could be withdrawn if counties feel that the Roscommon and Sligo proposals have the best chance of success.

The other motions have been proposed by Cavan, Wicklow, Longford, Kerry and Clare.

While a significant majority of southern counties are in favour of change on the Croke Park issue, the vote could well be defeated because of Ulster opposition.

Apart from Cavan, and possibly Donegal, all the other Ulster counties seem set to vote against an historic change and the opposition of the northern province could spell the death knell for the proposal.

In recent interviews, Tyrone and Down GAA secretaries Dominic McCaughey and Donal McCormack spoke for many in Ulster which they made clear their opposition to change.

"We had a situation there last season where our minors didn't get the chance to play their All-Ireland Semi-Final there, which were all very disappointed about. Let's take care of our own first," McCaughey told the Irish Examiner.

McCormack added:"The view of the Down county board is that we do not want to see Rule 42 abolished".

Report: Radio Ulster's Austin O'Callaghan

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