A motion regarding the GAA's controversial Rule 42 will be debated at this year's Annual Congress, the GAA have confirmed today.

The decision sees the opening up of Croke Park to other sports, such as soccer, move a step closer.

These motions, which were earlier rejected, were approved as being in order by the Motions Committee having been revised and resubmitted by County Committees.

The GAA confirmed the decision in a statement which read: "A majority of resubmitted motions in regard to Rule 42 of the Association's Official Guide (use of Croke Park by other Sports) will be on the Association's Congress agenda on 15/16 April next."

"Seán Kelly, President of the GAA, stated that today's announcement is a clear vindication of the decision of last years Special Congress to introduce a more flexible process in dealing with motions."

"The President also stated that the decision taken by the Motions Committee is a manifestation of the members integrity, impartiality and objectivity."

The GAA have come under increased pressure to open up Croke Park to soccer in particular as redevelopment on Lansdowne Road could see the Irish national soccer team forced to play home games abroad in Croke Park is closed to them.