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Tier 2 All-Ireland SFC coming in 2020 as motion is passed at Special Congress

The vote was taken by county delegates at Pairc Ui Chaoimh this afternoon.

A general view of the GAA Congress on Leeside.
A general view of the GAA Congress on Leeside.
Image: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

A TIER 2 football championship has received the green light after getting a huge majority vote at today’s Special Congress in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

The new plan for a second tier championship involving Division 3 and 4 league teams – unless they qualified for their provincial finals or won the previous year’s competition – received support by 75.5% of county delegates this afternoon.

Motion 1 needed a 60% majority in order to pass. 

The new structure will come into play in the All-Ireland SFC next season.

Motion 2, which was proposed by Tipperary, was voted on first at Special Congress and passed with 87.5% of the vote.

This means that Tier 2 will be determined on the league positions at the end of the 2020  League rather than at the start.

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Speaking at the Special Congress, former GAA president Seán Kelly expressed his support for the new competition and suggested that RTÉ should broadcast the semi-finals and final.

Nickey Brennan argued that the football and hurling second-tier finals should be curtain-raisers to the All-Ireland SFC and SHC deciders.

Current GAA president John Horan also revealed a text message from RTÉ’s Head of Sport Declan McBennett to a Croke Park staff member which said he was confident the second tier competition would receive live coverage.

A number of county delegates, including Antrim chairman Ciarán McCavana and Carlow chairman Sean Campion voiced their opposition to the introduction of the second-tier championship.

McCavana said their experience of hurling’s second tier competition, the Joe McDonagh Cup, involved promises about marketing ambitions that were not delivered on.

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