The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) has submitted a motion for consideration at GAA Congress on 26 February urging the GAA to take proactive, meaningful and swift action to expediate integration with the LGFA and the Camogie Association.

The players' body said that it is "inter-county players' firmly held belief that for equality to be achieved within the Gaelic games family, integration of the three National Governing Bodies (NGBs) must be made a priority".

The GPA, which combined with its female equivalent the WPGPA in December 2020, believe that the merger would have a major positive impact on wider Irish society, with 97% of all inter-county players backing integration between the three NGBs.

The motion for equality asks that "the GAA prioritise integration with the LGFA and Camogie Association in order to jointly ensure equal investment, recognition and opportunity for all genders to play all sports in the Gaelic Games family".

Speaking about the motion, GPA CEO Tom Parsons said: "The spirit of this motion is about action for gender equality in sport and bringing the Gaelic family together. It is about showing women and girls, whether they are involved in Gaelic games or not, that the biggest sporting and cultural organisation in Ireland values you every bit as much as it does your brothers, partners, nephews and husbands.

"We appreciate and respect the three NGBs have been on a journey towards closer links and closer cooperation. What players are asking for now is that the GAA expediate this process, in a spirit of consultation with the LGFA and Camogie Association. I believe this change will have the power to unite us and ignite Gaelic games.

"The outcome players want to see is a road map that sets out clear actions and timelines that leads to one national organisation overseeing our games. Players believe in today's world we must deliver equal opportunity, recognition and investment regardless of gender and that this motion supports the GAA mantra 'Where we all belong’."

The LGFA and Camogie Association are currently separate organisations but both rely on the GAA to loan their facilities for training and matches.

This has led to controversies such as the Galway-Cork All-Ireland ladies football semi-final being switched to Croke Park at late notice in December 2020.

Former GAA president Liam O'Neill said at the end of his three-year term in 2015 that the failure to bring the LGFA and Camogie Association under a single GAA banner was the "biggest regret" of his time in office, revealing that "for some reason there was a bit of mistrust."

However, the three associations have had 'memorandums of understanding' on working together since 2018 and since 2019, the LGFA and Camogie Association have also had a representative on the GAA's management committee and central council.

Last summer the three associations launched a co-ordinated Gaelic Games Player Pathway for player development.

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