The GAA votes to open their doors to non gaelic games in certain circumstances.

In 2005 the GAA Congress voted to temporarily lift the ban on rugby and soccer being played at Croke Park. The suspension of the organisation's Rule 42 was to facilitate the Ireland rugby team and the Republic of Ireland soccer team, giving them a venue while the Lansdowne Road grounds were redeveloped. 

This RTÉ News shows GAA President Sean Kelly announcing the result of the ballot, declaring that the motion is passed. There are interviews with Tommy Keenoy, Roscommon delegate, Pat Darcy, Chairman of the Tyrone Board and John O'Donoghue, Minister for Sport. Kelly comments 

It's a very generous decision, I'm very proud of the association. 

An RTÉ News report by Tony O'Donoghue on 16 April 2005.

GAA Congress (2005)
GAA Congress (2005)