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Delaney: time for changes

Published 21/02/2012 | 05:00

Leinster Council chief Michael Delaney has become the first provincial administrator to raise questions about the role that the provincial councils actually fulfil, WRITES COLM KEYS.

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Delaney says it is time for a "cold, hard, detached look at the role and relevance of the Leinster Council." He says there is always a danger that provincial officers like himself can be "blinded by an inflated opinion of our own importance to the general good".

Delaney has called for discussion on the issue at Congress. "There was much talk during the last year about the provincial championships. Many players and mentors felt that the current method of deciding All-Ireland championships is very unbalanced and very much favours counties from the smaller provinces," he writes to this weekend's Leinster convention.

"This line of thinking led on to the wider debate which addressed the role and relevance of a provincial council. I think it is fair to discuss this topic and I would sincerely hope it will be one of the topics chosen for consideration at this year's convention workshop.

Delaney asks a number of relevant questions about the role of the councils in his report. He writes that he also knows where the payments for managers debate is heading -- down the same pathway to hypocrisy the association has taken so often before.

"You don't need to have a crystal ball to know what will happen next. County officers and Central Council will vote not to pay managers, and then continue to stand over it at county team level and turn a blind eye to what is going on at club level."

Irish Independent

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