Saturday 27 May 2017

Colm O'Rourke: Conflict born of frustration

Clubs in Meath are right to be angry, but Eamonn O'Brien was the wrong target, says Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

T here was a time and it was not that long ago when Meath GAA did its business quietly. There was a certain unity of purpose. Decisions were made for the common good and there was a sense at least that everybody rowed in the same direction.

Now there is frustration at the conduct of most county board affairs, where the flow of information to clubs is very limited and where many of the personalities involved appear to those on the outside to be jockeying for positions of power and influence. This in turn leads to a lack of leadership in all areas and no structure of accountability in dealing with any of the major issues such as coaching, underage planning, fixtures, development squads and Meath teams at all grades.

In many ways, the easy target last week for a lot of that frustration was Eamonn O'Brien, who was treated abysmally by his own people. It is not that club delegates had any other agenda in at least wanting debate on the issue of the Meath senior team management, but having been denied input on a range of other topics, the clubs bit back this time.

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