Radical new plans proposed and adopted by the GAA will see a revised All Ireland Championship.
A special congress of the GAA that will be remembered as one of change. Under the chairmanship of Páraic Duffy, a new format was suggested to give every county at least two championship matches, in the traditional provincial championship and a new All Ireland championship. There was a proposal for a new football championship format in 2001 and 2002, involving in total almost 30 extra games. Drug testing of players will be introduced under a new anti-doping code. The half time break will go from ten to fifteen minutes for senior inter county games. Following the All Ireland Football final replay the GAA will increase its contribution to the Kerry and Galway holiday fund.
Speaking to RTÉ News, GAA President Seán McCague says:
I think the association proves that contrary to public opinion at times, we are changing, we are evolving and we are a vibrant organisation that are prepared to change.
An RTÉ News report from 14 October 2000. The reporter is Marty Morrissey.