DRA15/2016 Rafter & Portlaoise GAA Club v Laois CCC & Laois HC

This was an application against a decision by the respondents to refuse a transfer of the applicant to Portlaoise GAA club. The application was successful and the transfer sanctioned with immediate effect. The DRA Tribunal chaired by Colm O’Rourke (with legal members David Nohilly and Arran Dowling Hussey) reached a majority verdict and held that, although the respondents at all times acted fairly towards the claimant, the application should nevertheless be deemed successful on the ground that there was an anomaly and ambiguity in the existing Laois bye-laws relating to transfers within the Portlaoise catchment area. The Tribunal further directed that the Laois County Board, through their county committee and convention and usual procedures, work to provide clarity or amend this aspect of their transfer byelaws. Pending that clarification/amendment, this DRA decision is not to be treated as a precedent and is distinguished to its facts. The full written award will follow by the end of the month.