The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) have reformed their board with a view to gender balance, now possessing six male and female members.

Independent chairman Brian MacCraith will continue to steer the board.

It will consist of seven members of the GPA National Executive Committee.

These are the four executive officers, Co-chairs Matthew O'Hanlon (Wexford) and Maria Kinsella (Carlow), Secretary Aoife Murray (Cork) and President Donal Óg Cusack (Cork), alongside fellow players Kate McKay (Down), Niamh Collins (Dublin) and Philip Greene (Sligo) in non-executive roles.

They are joined by five independent directors; MacCraith, John Glennon, Seán Murphy, Patricia Gordon and Ailbhe Gilvarry.

The GPA merged with the Women's Gaelic Player's Association last December in a bid to work towards equality within Gaelic Games, with the first of those steps was the inclusion of the pillar of Equality in the new GPA constitution.

MacCraith said: "The GPA stands for equality within Gaelic games and today’s announcement further reflects that commitment by giving an equal voice to both females and males at boardroom level. This move is another example of Gaelic players leading the way when it comes to the equality agenda.

"They voted for this as part of the merger process and players right across Ireland should be extremely proud of the leadership they are showing in this area."

GPA NEC co-chair Maria Kinsella has welcomed a "natural progression" in increasing female representation on the board

"This is a very proud moment for the GPA. Last December, our members voted overwhelmingly to become one association. The merger of the GPA & WGPA was underpinned by the principle of equality. It is, therefore, very much a natural progression for the association to reflect the leadership shown by inter county players in our governance structures and board composition."

Brian Mulvihill, Seamus Hickey and Tom Parsons have stepped down from volunteers roles following the rejig of the board.

Parsons has taken up the position of GPA CEO.

He stated: "In taking up the CEO role I was inspired by the leadership shown by players to unanimously merge associations and add equality as a core objective to our GPA constitution.

"I’m committed to serve our members to ensure equality is achieved for our players. The announcement of our gender balanced board is another step on that journey."