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Right call: David Brady, speaking ahead of episode two of AIB’s ‘The Toughest Summer’, believes the Mayo County Board are right to listen recent advice. Photo: Sportsfile

Right call: David Brady, speaking ahead of episode two of AIB’s ‘The Toughest Summer’, believes the Mayo County Board are right to listen recent advice. Photo: Sportsfile

Right call: David Brady, speaking ahead of episode two of AIB’s ‘The Toughest Summer’, believes the Mayo County Board are right to listen recent advice. Photo: Sportsfile

Former Mayo star David Brady has welcomed the announcement that the Mayo County Board would be taking on a host of recommendations in the wake of an internal Mazars review.

In a statement on Monday, the board confirmed they would take the advice of the audit and accountancy firm in a number of areas, including credit card, treasury and expense-claim management, ticketing and sponsorship.

Mayo also moved to establish a host of new committees aimed at helping manage areas such as financial oversight as well as defining a clear demarcation of the duties of the Cairde Mhaigh Eo Fundraising Committee, with board chairman Liam Moffatt describing the changes as a "challenging but essential process".

The move comes after Mayo GAA became embroiled in a civil war of sorts over the winter with benefactor Tim O'Leary repeatedly questioning the board's governance and procedures after a row over fundraising escalated and saw the financier start legal proceedings. 

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Mayo cut all ties with O'Leary in February after a now-deleted tweet which called for senior football manager James Horan to be sacked following a league defeat to Monaghan.

And while Mayo were left bruised by the spat, Brady believes the county will be well served in the long run.

"It kind of happened during silly season as well," Brady said, "but I think that if Tim O'Leary didn't call out for more governance and oversight, would it have ever happened? We don't know. I do think it brought the need. 

"You need that structure and oversight in any corporation, especially in a county board that is turning as much money and has as much money being spent, but also as much money taken in from revenue and fundraising.

"I know a lot of people attached to the county board, and I know the new treasurer at the minute, and they were very instrumental in bringing that class and calibre of people onto the thing in terms of ethics and oversight. 

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"So yeah, I definitely welcome it. It's a positive and it was needed before it was ever asked for or ever required. I always feel it should be paramount, especially in the volume of funds.

"There's a lot of SMEs in the country that wouldn't be turning over the volume of money and financial income and outgoings of the Mayo County Board, so it's definitely a positive."

Mayo have recruited a range of experts to sit on the new committees with former senator and Harvard alumni Pádraig Ó Céidigh and international lawyer and CEO of investment banking group Baader-Helvea, Morgan Deane, sitting on their audit and risk committee. Ó Céidigh also sits on the board of Croke Park.

"Over the last six months, this executive has worked tirelessly to review and establish structures that will monitor and support Mayo GAA's financial operations and support developments in the future.

"This has been a challenging but essential process to ensure that Mayo GAA continues to support its clubs, inter-county teams and wider supporter network," Mayo county board chairman Moffatt said.

"At tonight's meeting delegates were presented with significant changes to our organisational structures which have been made possible by the dedication and commitment of our executive committee.

"They have also been informed of some new stakeholders who will be brought to the table with expertise across all sectors.

"This synergy of hard-working volunteers and industry leaders with wide-ranging expertise represents an exciting time for all of those involved in Mayo GAA."

And Brady, speaking ahead of Episode Two of AIB's 'The Toughest Summer', a documentary which tells the story of the 2020 GAA season, believes tighter governance will become a fact of life for county boards across the country.

"There is no county now that hasn't a turnover of €300/400,000," he said.


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