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Farrell explains GPA position

GPA chief executive Dessie Farrell has insisted that the organisation remains an independent body, despite gaining official recognition from the GAA.

He said there is no question of a compromise in the independence of the players' body during the process which led to the GPA coming under the GAA's wing.

"I don't believe that is the case. I think it was a hugely important issue through the interim process that our independence wasn't compromised in any way and that we're still an autonomous body," he said.

"It's also important for the GAA, because the dynamic won't work if, all of a sudden, the GPA as we know it has been subsumed and no longer has a voice and is only a puppet to the GAA.

"If that happens you are open to players breaking ranks and setting up their own organisation or squads doing their own thing. That's a very dangerous scenario.

"The GAA have an acute awareness of that as well. Publicly how that plays out, I don't know. Megaphone diplomacy may be gone, and while it was useful for us at a point in time for where we needed to get to, we have a forum to deal with the issues in a proper way."

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