Nine out of 10 believe integration of organisations will benefit Gaelic games:

The questionnaire was answered by more than 30,000 members:

By John Fogarty Irish Examiner

Nine out of 10 respondents to a survey commissioned by the steering committee on the integration of the GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Camogie Association say the amalgamation of the organisations will be positive for Gaelic games.

In a questionnaire answered by more than 30,000 members which was conducted and verified by firm Behaviours & Attitudes, the emphatic return is a clear indication to the committee that integration is the way forward for the three bodies.

Seven out of 10 members say integration will be “very positive” while chairman of the committee, former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, expressed her delight at the great response to the survey.

“We greatly appreciate the time and the effort that people made to take part in this survey and thank them sincerely. The significant engagement of more than 30,000 members says a lot about how passionate the ordinary membership of the Camogie Association, LGFA and GAA is about this issue and how anxious they were to have their voices heard.

“The fact that nine out of 10 members believe that integration will be positive for Gaelic Games sends a very clear message about what their vision for the future is. There is work to be done, but there is a mandate there from members who have spoken and who have been heard.”

The complete results from the survey are being compiled and will be added to previous feedback from players, club, county and provincial leaders, staff members and the three associations’ administrators.

A deadline of February next year to publish the integration roadmap has been set by the committee.