LOUTH Minor Board chairman Brendan Carthy has called on senior board officials to 'be manly enough' to state the 'real reason' they are altering the appointment process of the underage committee.
In July the Management Committee flagged a Croke Park ruling that insists all county subcommittees should be 'appointed' rather than 'elected' and as such the Minor Board is not entitled to hold elections for officer positions on the board.
However, the minor executive is pressing ahead with plans to hold a convention on Thursday in Castlebellingham and will also hold elections as normal for officer positions.
County chairman, Padraic O'Connor insists the minor board are well within their rights to hold an end-of-year meeting, but that if elections are held the results would be in breach of GAA rules.
'This is not about personalities. Our Central Council delegate Paddy Oliver informed the county committee in July that we had to apply this rule and that is what is happening. We cannot breach protocol. The GAA rules and protocols are there for a very good reason.
'This is not about personalities; it's about rules and regulations that have to be followed. The County Committee has14 subcomittees, including the minor committee to appoint. A procedure will be agreed and put in place by the County Committee to do that and then members of the management committee will go out and look for individuals to sit on each of those 14 committees. But ultimately is the county commitee who decides who sits on sub-committees.'
However, Mr Carthy insists that the minor executive are doing nothing wrong by following their normal end-of-year procedures and has called on the senior board to explain how they are breaking the rules.
'What I'd like is for the people who are pushing this to explain why it is being done and in the absence of such an explanation I'd like them to be manly enough to state the real reason why it's being done,' Mr Carthy insisted. We are going ahead with our convention on Thursday as noone has been able to show me what rules we would be breaking by doing so.
'I am adamant that Louth was not breaching any rules in relation to the appointment of the minor board, so as far as I'm concerned there's an onus on the management committee to explain to people why they're doing what they're doing.
'Our attitude is that nothing has changed. We'll do what we've always done and it's really up to the clubs to decide what's best for Louth football. They can continue with what they have been getting [from the minor board] over the last few years or they can take a chance that they're going to get something that's the same or better.
'On the night in the Fairways [at the NOvember County Committee meeting] when the sermons were being delivered, not one person had the guts to stand up and say what the real reason was for all of this and not one person got up to say what the alternative is going to be. They are the two questions that need to be answered.'