What happens when the Young Turks batter down the doors and become power brokers themselves? 

The GPA was founded in 1999 to fight the corner of the long-ignored inter-county player in the GAA's halls of power.

After 21 years, some feel that the organisation's approach has become a little too conciliatory, and that the need for diplomacy when dealing with the establishment has seen the body become a little too diplomatic, even toothless in some areas. 

That debate raged on the RTÉ GAA Podcast earlier today, with Sunday Game analysts Donal Óg Cusack and Oisín McConville, who were involved from the embryonic stages of the GPA's formation. 

Cusack launched an impassioned defence of the organisation, with McConville more sceptical on the tactics the orgainstation currently employs. 

"The GPA is all over that," Cusack said of the fixtures controversy ahead of the actual return to play. 

"They were on the committee to represent players as best as they possibly could. 

"But they're only one stakeholder. 

"The other thing I would say is that there was a major issue in terms of how players were so badly treated and, I would say, almost exploited. 

"That was a real image problem that the GAA had.

"The GPA came in, solved that, the GAA recognised that, that's why that funding is made available." 

Cusack called on facts and figures to highlight the positive impact the GPA has on the lives of inter-county players.

"There were 1,500 individual players coming through the GPA last year, 2,220 programmes delivered," he stated.

"There's a lot of serious serious work going on there. 

"The other point I'd make is that, and it's in no way making an excuse, the GPA has made massive strides over the last number of years, massive strides, massive in terms of addressing all of the issues that Oisín spoke about and that existed very much in our day, to use that term. 

"But the GPA are still a young organisation, they're still finding their way, they will evolve, they will move with the times, they will take on new challenges and I believe they will meet those and get better and better, and continuously get better and better. 

"I think one of the biggest challenges there is that I'm not sure people want to hear about the good work the GPA is doing.

"It doesn't necessarily make the headlines or give you easy rounds of applause on social media or up your hits."

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Cusack went on to describe the GPA in its current guise as "a noble cause and one that should be celebrated".

Recalling his own memories of the GPA's genesis, McConville said: "In 1999 it was slightly different, because you were trying to kick down a door. 

"That door doesn't need to be kicked down anymore."

With the door down and a chair at the table of power, it's the GPA's current approach that concerned the former Armagh star. 

"If you feel as if your playing population - the majority of your playing population - is not going to be happy with something, then you have to be more forthright in those meetings," he opined. 

"If you continue to bow down all the time, then you're only going to get to the stage where we're at, where people think, well they've got inside the doors now and they're happy with their lot, they're happy with what their getting, as far as finances and as far as their say in what's happening. 

"From the outside looking in, it doesn't look like the toys are being thrown out of the pram, or that there is kicking or stomping done whenever the real issues need to be sorted out, and the biggest issue in the GAA has been fixtures for some time.

"The CPA has talked more about fixtures and made more sense about fixtures than the GPA has in 20-odd years." 

Cusack fired back at McConville's final assertion, insisting: "The GPA didn't travel the journey they travelled from that meeting you went to in 1999, and get to the stage they're at now, where all those services are there for players because they were constantly bowing down, and you know that."

The wider debate, much like difference of opinion between the two All-Ireland champions, seems certain to rumble on. 

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