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Hanniffy Appointed As Secretary Of GAA's Dispute Resolution Authority

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Hanniffy Appointed As Secretary Of GAA's Dispute Resolution Authority thumbnailRory Hanniffy, hte new secretary of the Disputes Resolution Authority.

FORMER Offaly hurler, Rory Hanniffy has been appointed as the new secretary of the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA).

One of Offaly's top hurlers for the past two decades, Hanniffy replaces Professor Jack Anderson who is taking up a new academic post in the University of Melbourne in Australia.

The Birr man is a barrister on the midland and Dublin circuits and he takes over the DRA role on May 1.

He has enjoyed a glittering club and county career and only retired from intercounty hurling a couple of years ago.

He won Leinster Minor and U-21 Hurling Championship titles with Offaly in 2000 and was an ever present on the Offaly senior hurling team from 2001 to 2014, making 45 senior championship appearances.

He won eight Offaly Senior Hurling Championship medals with Birr, captaining them to their last success in 2008 while he has won four Leinster club and two All-Ireland club (2002 and 2003) medals.

The DRA is one of the most important bodies in the GAA and was set up in 2005 after some high profile court cases were taken by players to contest suspensions. Those cases placed the spot light on the GAA's disciplinary procedures and the establishment of the DRA has really helped improve this at all levels.

The DRA is independent of the GAA and consists of a panel of arbritrators from which it establishes tribunals to deal with disputes that are referred to it. The panel comprises solicitors, barristers and other people who are 'properly qualified' to resolve disputes relating to the rules of the Association.

Rory Hanniffy is the fourth secretary of the DRA. Liam Keane was the first, serving from its start to 2008. Matt Shaw was there for 2009 until 2015 when Jack Anderson was appointed. It is a part time position and Hanniffy will continue his work as a barrister.

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