This is a non-discussion. The less than 2% of players that play inter county are put there by tens of thousands of coaches and facilitated by 98% of the adult playing population, their club mates. Lads have seen how many failed in Australia. Even Rugby clubs had to stop paying players as they can’t afford to. Soccer is a joke. We lose ■■■■ all players to League of Ireland. Professionalism in terms of paying players, would be the end of small counties, the end of small clubs, the end of the GAA. You would never even get a majority of players to vote for it.
The GAA should be cute and elevate the status of the C.P.A. as this is the ultimate bulwark against the G.P.A. and the notion of full-time paid players. The GAA also needs to try to get the genie back into the bottle by removing the primacy of intercounty managers, sorting out the calendar and removing colleges teams from inter county competitions.