LOUTH Chairman Padraic O'Connor issued a stark warning to the minor board executive as the debacle over the underage body's status continued on Monday night.
The St Patrick's clubman declared that outgoing minor board officers were in breach of GAA rules by holding elections at their end-of-year meeting last Thursday, and also criticised a 'small number of clubs' for nominating the existing minor board executive 'en-bloc' for 2013.
Mr O'Connor said the whole issue had dragged on long enough and insisted there would be no further discussion on the matter.
Then in a brief county committee meeting after Convention, it was agreed that the Louth Management will seek out candidates for all sub-committees, before seeking approval from the county board in January.
'It is not open to any member of our Association to interpret any rule as they see fit,' Mr O'Connor said in his annual address. 'All officers, sub-committees and indeed, the county committee, must apply the rules as directed and I stress MUST. 'If every committee decided to put their own interpretation on the rules we would have chaos, not only in Louth, but countrywide.
'As Louth county board chairman my responsibilities are to ensure these rules are upheld and implemented in full by all sub-committees, players and members of the Association.
'Some groups or individuals may not agree with their application, and that of course is their right to do so, but by adopting that stance they are excluding themselves from our Association and can no longer take part in its workings or structures in any way.
'I cannot accept an officer, or sub-committee, or club ignoring rules or bye-laws, or interpreting them in a different manner than that which is laid down by Official Guide, bye-law or the county committee.
'The manner in which the minor committee conducted their recent meeting/yearend review was against these guidelines and by holding nominations and elections they have broken the bye-laws as agreed by county committee and in my opinion are interfering with the county committee, which they were advised not to do, but despite this they proceeded.'
On a lighter note, new Louth boss Aidan O'Rourke assured delegates that he will not be wrapping his players up in cotton wool this year, insisting clubs will have access to their county stars whenever possible.
'I know player availability is always a burning question,' he said. 'As a player I was always very keen to be available to my club, not just for games, but to train also.
'When we get to the businesss end of league and championship I wouldn't envisage the county training programme interfering - within reason - with clubs.
'I banged heads with a few county managers who requested we didn't train with clubs, but I know how important it is for players to be playing games.
'It's of no benefit to any player to be wrapped up in cotton wool for three quarters of the year and not be developing themselves by playing matches. So I would be adament that, again I'd say within reason, all of our players will be available to clubs whenever possible.'
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