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Committee Structure

Gaelic Games Europe

Every registered Club, big or small, has a say in the unique governance structures that epitomise Gaelic Games and the volunteer culture it promotes.


The European Committee

Meets once a year at Annual Convention (normally in Leuven, Belgium). Annual Convention is the principal decision making body for gaelic games in Europe, determining policies, approving regulations and can forward motions to be discussed at the annual congresses of the associations we are affiliated to. All clubs are invited to send delegates who discuss issues, debate and vote on motions and elect a Management Committee.

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There is an extensive range of roles in the setup, running and management of the Gaelic Games of Europe.

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Management Committee (MC)

Meets monthly by video conference and has responsibility for implementing policies and managing all activities in Gaelic Games Europe between Annual Conventions. Most of the other work groups and sub-committees report to the MC. The 20 members are elected/appointed at Annual Convention and each has a specific role and responsibility for certain tasks.

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Executive Committee

This is a sub-committee of the MC and is responsible for dealing with any issues that may arise between MC meetings where urgent action is required. It also pays close attention to financial issues.

The Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer are automatically appointed and two other MC members are elected. It must report on any decisions made at the next MC meeting.

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Competitions Control Committee (CCC)

This sub-committee is responsible for all aspects of running our competitions and games, including planning dates and venues for fixtures, appointing referees, dealing with disciplinary issues and approving transfers.

It is chaired by the MC Vice Chair and the MC Assistant Secretary acts as the Secretary of the CCC. The handball, football, hurling, camogie and ladies officers along with a representative from each division (regions). The Chairperson and Secretary of the MC are also entitled to attend.

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Hearings Committee

This committee deals with discipline issues when a party does not accept a penalty proposed by the CCC. They request a ‘hearing’, where the CCC presents their case, the defending party responds, witnesses are heard and then the Hearings Committee makes a decision.

The Hearings Committee has five members who are appointed and who cannot be members of the MC or CCC.

Appeals Committee (CCC)

If a defending party is not satisfied with a decision of the Hearings Committee, they can submit an appeal to this committee. The Appeals Committee hears from all parties and witnesses as well as considering any other evidence before making a decision which is final.

The Appeals Committee has five members who are appointed and who cannot be members of the MC, CCC or Hearings Committee.