The contentious issue of opening up Croke Park to other sports will be debated at the GAA annual congress and could change Irish sport forever.
Rule 42 in the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) prohibited the use of GAA stadiums for non-GAA games.
On 16 February 2005 the GAA announced plans to debate Rule 42 at the upcoming Congress due to take place in April of that year. This development is described by reporter Eamon Horan as "a day that could change Irish sport forever". This is a major change of policy for Ireland's biggest sporting organisation. It is now possible that rugby or soccer could be played at GAA's HQ in Croke Park.
The GAA president Seán Kelly confirmed that most of the 10 revised motions submitted by county boards regarding Rule 42 had been passed. A two-thirds majority is required if Croke Park is to open its doors to rugby and soccer.
This report includes an interview with GAA President Seán Kelly, Pat Fitzgerald of the Clare County Board, and Tommy Kenoy former Roscommon County Chairman.
An RTÉ News report by Eamon Horan broadcast on 16 February 2005.