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Labour chairman Jack Wall

Labour chairman Jack Wall

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Labour chairman Jack Wall

Outgoing Labour TD and former Kildare County Board chairman Jack Wall is poised to take over chairmanship of Club Kildare, the county's fundraising arm.

Wall's intervention will surely save the supporters' club whose future has come under threat because of the decision of all the outgoing officers, with the exception of county board treasurer Martin Whyte, to resign.

Club Kildare is having its annual general meeting tomorrow night but at an executive meeting last month, a decision was taken by the majority of officers not to seek re-election.

Wall's decision to step in is timely after a positive start to the inter-county season with a second successive O'Byrne Cup win and a first-round league win over Mayo in St Conleth's Park last weekend.

The existing Club Kildare committee have been at odds with the county board on a number of issues, leading to their decision not to seek re-election.

A major fundraising 'testimonial' for former players Dermot Earley and Ronan Sweeney that was projected to raise over €100,000 did not go ahead after a clash with a separate board fundraiser that generated a much smaller amount of money.

The county board's decision not to take up a much more lucrative offer with Kukri Ireland, new providers of GAA gear, and stick with O'Neill's instead is also understood to have contributed to their decision to walk away.

Officers of Club Kildare, who negotiated with Kukri Ireland, believe the deal could have been worth substantially more than what Kildare County Board are currently getting under the terms of their O'Neill's arrangement.

Irish Independent