You may be aware that the IRFU have been considering changes to the All Ireland League format. The overwhelming majority of Clubs in Leinster have voiced concern over the direction the IRFU are going and the impact this will have on the amateur game. The IRFU are now re-considering the changes.
If the IRFU continue to go in a direction which the body of Clubs feel is detrimental to the amateur game it may be prudent to call a Special Meeting of the Council of the IRFU so the matter can get a formal airing. The laws of the IRFU allow for a Special Meeting of the Council to be called by 20 affiliated Clubs provided each has in an annual or special meeting of the Club, resolved to request a special meeting of the Council of the IRFU, and a statement of the reasons for which such special meeting is desired.
As you are aware a Special General Meeting of the Club has been called for 7.30pm on the 19th September 2018 in our Clubhouse at Merrion Road, to consider a motion to replace the existing Rules of the Club with a proposed new set of Club Rules.
In light of the potential threat to the All Ireland League, and the IRFU requirements to call a Special Meeting of the Council, the Board of Management and Council of the Club feel it prudent to add a second motion to the agenda at the upcoming Special General Meeting. That being :
- to consider a motion to enable the Board of Management or Council of the Club (or the Executive Committee of the Club should the proposed new rules be passed) to call a Special Meeting of the Council of the IRFU should they consider that proposed changes to the regulations of the All Ireland League are not in the best interest of the amateur game and amateur players.
It is important to note that, if passed, this motion is not requesting that we call a Special Meeting of the Council of the IRFU, but it ensures that if the Club feel that proposed future changes to the AIL are not in the best interest of the amateur game we are prepared and can act quickly.