Wednesday 25 April 2018

Plans for future of Mayo GAA to come under more scrutiny

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

A further meeting to discuss the content of the Mayo strategic action plan has been fixed for next month after talks on the content took place at last night's County Board meeting.

The plan makes many radical proposals to overhaul the way business is conducted at all levels of GAA in the county. It was commissioned after Mayo's dismal exit in last year's championship to Longford in the qualifiers.

Members of the steering committee spoke and provided a questions and answers document to explain some of their conclusions.

Clubs will now have a further chance to come up with counter proposals before a final decision on what recommendations among the 75 in all are taken. Opposition to some of the proposals has been voiced by board officers, who are concerned that some of the recommendations were at odds with general association rule.

The most controversial proposals relate to finance, with the steering committee critical of the information provided by the board which they described as "inadequate."

"Virtually all of the information we received was already in the public domain and did not help our committee in any significant manner," the committee noted in an overview.

Their subsequent proposal to conduct a line-by-line review of all finances and the creation of a five-year financial and fundraising plan was one of the most contentious issues.

The report was commissioned after Mayo's dismal exit from the championship to Longford in last year's qualifiers. The establishment of a commercial director and a director of football with executive powers were among the main recommendations at the core of last night's meeting.

Irish rugby international Gavin Duffy, a former Mayo minor and member of the Ballina Stephenites club, sat on the 'bringing through our high-potential players' committee that came up with a proposal to establish an academy for 18-to-22-year-olds.

The proposal to establish a five-man non-executive advisory committee to oversee the implementation of the plan has also concerned officers of the Mayo Board. The steering committee was chaired by former Irish Independent GAA correspondent Liam Horan and included former Mayo player and RTE analyst Martin Carney.

Irish Independent

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