Strategic Plan


GAA Strategic Plan 2021-2026

The GAA formally started developing a new Association-wide strategic plan in March 2021. The strategic plan will run from the Autumn of 2021 to the Spring of 2026. The strategic plan will focus on how the Association can be the best it can be to the benefit of its people (Club members, followers, partners, and communities) and units (Clubs, Counties & Provinces).

The process is being led by a Steering Group established by An Coiste Bainistíochta which consists of representatives from Clubs, Counties, Provinces, Central Council, and strategic planning experts. The members are:

  • Larry McCarthy (Uachtarán CLG) - Cathaoirleach
  • Conor McCarthy (O’Donovan Rossa, Cork)
  • Prof. David Hassan (St. Mary’s GAC, Banagher, Derry)
  • Dr. Elish Kelly (Padraig Pearses, Roscommon)
  • Pat Gilroy (St. Vincents, Dublin)
  • Paul Foley (Patrickswell, Limerick)
  • Shane Flanagan (GAA Director of Coaching and Games Development)
  • Tim Murphy (Brosna, Kerry)
  • Tom Ryan (Ard-Stiúrthóir CLG)
  • Ruairí Harvey (GAA Organisational Development Manager) - Rúnaí

Our current strategic plan, Fís Shoiléir 2021, expires shortly so that is the main reason we are doing this now. In addition, we want to:

  • Refresh our mission, vision, and values
  • Enhance guiding policies and actions for the efforts of our people at Club, County, Provincial and Central levels
  • Identify some high-level goals which all GAA units can play a role in implementing
  • Simplify strategies, structures, roles, and operations across all GAA units
  • Take advantage of opportunities and reduce threats facing the Association

The Steering Group is coordinating a two-part consultation process. The first phase will involve engagement with key people and groups to identify Key Focus Areas (KFAs) and issues which require more specific research later in the process. This involves:

  • Workshops with An Coiste Bainistíochta & the Staff Executive
  • Written submissions from key groups and organisations
  • Staff surveys
  • Focus groups with core member groups, e.g., Players, Coaches, Officers, and Other Volunteers at Club and County levels
  • Interviews
  • Analysis of documents and data

The next phase of the planning process which involve a more focused consultation process, including a comprehensive survey of Club members, supporters and the general public. More information will be communicated in due course.