LIAM O'NEILL, the new Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, announced the various GAA committees for his period of office at Croke Park on Saturday.
Included in the committees are seven very experienced Kerry members with two appointed as chairmen of the newly constituted committees. We wish each and every one of them every success and thank them for all the time given to our organisation. It's a big commitment to sit on national committees and in Kerry we have seven of the best.
Coiste Bainistí Sean Walsh Chairman of Munster Council; Eamon O'sullivan (Kerry Central Council Delegate); Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) Tony O'keeffe (Former Secretary of Kerry County Board); National Financial Management Committee John Joe O'carroll (Treasurer of Kerry County Committee); National Insurance & Risk Management Committee Michael O'donoghue (Spa & Valentia) is chairing this Committee; Bye Laws Committee Ger Mckenna previous long serving Central Council representative is chairing the committee; Rules Advisory Committee Ger Mckenna is also a member of this Committee; All Ireland Post Primary Schools Council Jerome Conway former chairman of Kerry County Committee chairs this committee.
There are 32 committees in total, with new committees including the National Officer Development Committee and the Youth Committee. The Féile na ngael and Feile Peile na nóg committee is under review, and its membership and structure will be decided after this year's Féile competitions.
Liam O'neill also announced that former AllIreland winning manager Eugene Mcgee will chair a new, independent gaelic football review group, to examine and study issues in gaelic football. Mr O'neill says the appointment of Mr Mcgee will guarantee the independence of the new group.
"I'm looking for them to look at football independently and we've picked a hugely independent and widely respected figure in Eugene Mcgee to do that," Mr O'neill told GAA.IE. "I'm really heartened that he said yes to me. When people see that he is in charge of it they'll know that we're taking it seriously and that it will be independent and that we'll take on board whatever the group comes up with."
Another significant appointment is that of former intercounty referee Pat Mceneaney as chairman of the National Referees Committee. Liam O'neill emphasised the amount of new committee members and new chairpersons involved.
"We have over 100 people who have never been on a committee before in their lives.
"We have one full committee of people who have never been involved with a committee before, the Youth Committee. We also have a huge increase in the amount of females on our committees," he told GAA.IE.
"We have 19 new chairpersons out of 32 so far. We have brought in new people and every single person contacted was willing to go on a committee and that gives me great hope for the coming three years of my presidency, that people are willing to get involved."