Tuesday 12 November 2019

Civil war continues in Mayo as clubs and county board clash over 'motion of confidence' at meeting

The Mayo County Board and a number of clubs have clashed over a motion of confidence in the county executive. Stock photo: Sportsfile
The Mayo County Board and a number of clubs have clashed over a motion of confidence in the county executive. Stock photo: Sportsfile

Ger Flanagan

THE Mayo GAA County Board have denied claims made by four clubs that a statement released after Monday night’s County Board meeting contained inaccuracies regarding a ‘motion of confidence’ in the County Board executive.

Charlestown Sarsfields, Louisburgh, Ballycastle and Ardnaree Sarsfields issued statements through social media in response to the Board’s claim that 'a vote of confidence proposed in the Mayo GAA executive and board at tonight's meeting was resoundingly passed by all delegates'.

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However, both clubs say that no vote took place on this at last night’s meeting of club delegates.

"We have been contacted by a number of club members in relation to this issue," read the Charlestown GAA statement.

"It is our understanding that a motion was proposed by an honorary county board officer who is not a club delegate and seconded by a delegate, but that no vote was held on this very important motion.

"Our club delegate did not vote on this proposal nor was he given the opportunity and we would ask the County Board Executive to clarify last night’s statement."

However, in response to a number of questions put to County Board officials by The Mayo News on Tuesday afternoon, Mayo GAA have issued a statement to clarify their position in relation to the 'motion of confidence' issue.

"After a lengthy discussion among delegates on how to move forward for the betterment of Mayo GAA, a number of speakers called for support for the Executive to deal with the matter," reads the statement.

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"A motion for a vote of confidence in the Executive was pro-posed and it was seconded by a number of individuals. There were no objections raised by any club delegate to this motion. As nobody present objected to the motion in any way the motion was taken as passed by all delegates without a vote been required."

A proposal to ban members of the media from attending any future County Board meetings — with the exception of the County Convention — was also passed on Monday night after a show of hands by the club delegates.

However, three clubs said they disagreed with this motion being passed – Louisburgh, Charlestown and Ardnaree.

However, today’s statement from Mayo GAA said this proposal was seconded and passed 'overwhelmingly' by club representatives.

"There was a motion proposed by members present at the meeting to exclude media from future County Board meetings, a lengthy discussion took place on this topic," said Mayo GAA in their statement.

"As there were delegates for and against this proposal it was then voted on and was overwhelmingly carried."

There was also no discussion on any matters relating to the recent dispute between Mayo GAA and the Mayo GAA International Supporters’ Foundation. It had been expected that a range of issues raised in recent correspondence by Mr Tim O’Leary, chairman of foundation, would be addressed by Mayo GAA officials and club delegates after county chairman Mike Connelly vowed to hold a 'real heart-to-heart' meeting last week.

However, a statement prepared by the Executive after the meeting and released by County Board spokesperson, Paul Cunnane, said: "In relation to tonight's meeting to respond to clubs, we received legal correspondence from Tim O'Leary and Eugene Rooney, and based on those letters we have now been advised that we cannot now comment any further on these matters."

The statement also said that: "There was a vote of confidence proposed in the Mayo GAA executive and board at tonight's meeting which was resoundingly passed by all delegates."

Chairman Mike Connelly declined to comment after the meeting.

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