Opinion Eugene McGee

Friday 16 November 2018

Election year wheeling and dealing is about to begin

Cork man Christy Cooney was the hot favourite to win the last election race before being pipped by Nickey Brennan however he is now in the race to succeed Brennan
Cork man Christy Cooney was the hot favourite to win the last election race before being pipped by Nickey Brennan however he is now in the race to succeed Brennan

Election fever is in the air thanks to events in the good old USA, and back home the GAA, too, is engrossed in its own caucuses, primaries and eventually an election.

On April 12 in Sligo, the GAA will choose a president-elect, who will take over from Nickey Brennan one year later. This is a ritual as old as the GAA itself and presidential elections are part and parcel of the folklore of the association by now.

Generally, by the time the election takes place, every third year, it is fairly certain who is going to win because working out the voting patterns is not very difficult. But now and again the calculations go wrong and this is what happened at the most recent contest in 2005, when Corkman Christy Cooney was the hot favourite but was defeated by Nickey Brennan.

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