The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and Sport Ireland have come to a resolution over the payments of this year's grants to inter-county players.

The payments were initially witheld by Sport Ireland in May on the back of the GPA's unhappiness that its members sign up to a range of new measures including the provision of home addresses for drug testing. 

However, an agreement that satisfies both parties has been reached where addresses will be provided to the GAA on or before the 31 March in respect of the year in which funding is available.

The 2018 payment of state grants will be made in the coming days, while details of the application process for the next round of funding will be communicated to inter-county players in the coming weeks.

The agreement read: "The Gaelic Players Association (GPA), the GAA and Sport Ireland confirm that the outstanding matters in relation to the anti-doping addendum to the inter county player eligible expenses schemes have been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties."

The statement also laid out an agreed addendum to the inter-county player eligible expenses schemes:

  • Players shall comply with and be bound by the Irish Anti-Doping Rules;
  • Players shall participate in the Irish Sports Anti-Doping Programme and undertake, as required, anti-doping testing, including the taking of blood and/or urine sample,  in competition or out of competition;
  • Players shall understand that a refusal to submit to a test will have the same consequences as if the Player had tested positive;
  • Players shall know the substances and methods which have been included in the Prohibited List (as may be amended from time to time) and to take responsibility to make sure that any substance ingested by the Player does not violate the Irish Anti-Doping Rules;
  • Any player on a County Panel shall not be eligible to apply for or to receive funding under the Sport Ireland Inter-County Player Support Scheme unless the following pre-conditions are met:
  • He can confirm completion of the GAA’s Anti-Doping e-learning course or attendance at an anti-doping education session conducted by the GAA on or before 31st March of the year in respect of which funding is payable (i.e. by 31st March 2019 for players partaking in the 2019 Championship season);
  • That his residential address information is provided to the GAA on or before 31st March of the year in respect of which funding is payable.
  • Any player who joins an Inter-County Panel after March 31st of the year in respect of which funding is payable, shall prior to his first championship game, confirm completion of the GAA’s Anti-Doping e-learning course or attendance at an anti-doping education session conducted by the GAA and his residential address information shall be provided to the GAA as pre-conditions to eligibility for receipt of funding under the Sport Ireland Inter-County Player Support Scheme.