Friday 15 December 2017

Ladies' football chiefs to launch accounts probe

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

THE Ladies' Gaelic Football Association is expected to launch an investigation after allegations that proper financial procedures were not adhered to at one of the four provincial ladies' football associations.

The Irish Independent has learnt that a number of complaints have been lodged with the association's central council in relation to accounting matters that were noticed by a former treasurer of the Munster Ladies' Gaelic Football Association (MLGFA) in November, following an audit of the accounts.

Under its own rules, the Ladies' Gaelic Football Association is obliged to carry out an investigation into any matter once it is proposed and seconded at council and supported by a simple majority.

The matter was discussed at a Ladies' Gaelic Football Association's central council meeting in Tullamore last night.

A number of queries were raised at the AGM of the association in Limerick in December by the outgoing treasurer, Andrew Meaney. However, this meeting had to be rescheduled when it transpired that delegates had not been given proper notification.

At a reconvened AGM in Castletroy in January, Mr Meaney again raised a number of queries relating to oversights in protocols and procedures relating to particular transactions.

He claimed he had not signed the cheques for over half the money that was spent by the Munster association that year and nor had he seen any paperwork to go with these transactions.

He told the meeting that in that fiscal year, cheques had been written to the value of over €100,000, about half of which had been signed by him, ignoring the association's own procedures and protocols that all cheques are to be co-signed by the treasurer.

Mr Meaney said he was not suggesting that any money had gone astray and his queries were around governance and proper procedures.

At both meetings held by the association, delegates voted to delay signing off on the association's accounts for 2012 until all queries raised had been answered satisfactorily.

Last night, a spokesman for the Ladies' Gaelic Football Association denied the meeting of the central council had been brought forward by two weeks.

He also said he would not be commenting on any potential investigations.

Current president of the MLGFA Enda McDonnell said he would not be making any comment because he was not aware there was an issue ahead of last night's central council meeting.

Irish Independent

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