Saturday 18 November 2017

O'Toole's members to meet on Fennell saga

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Eamonn Fennell's current club O'Toole's have called a meeting of their membership tonight to discuss the ongoing transfer deadlock with their county player.

The meeting has been called as Fennell prepared to lodge a request for a DRA hearing to challenge Dublin County Board's decision to deny him a transfer to St Vincent's last week. That could happen as early as this weekend prior to Dublin's NFL match with Kerry.

Fennell was denied the transfer away from O'Toole's for the third consecutive year last week when County Board chairman Gerry Harrington cast his vote in favour of the player remaining with O'Toole's after a stalemate vote (33 all) from the floor. Dublin outlined their reasons for the decision.

"As the GAA is community-centred, based on the allegiance of its members to their local clubs, the object of which is to promote the association's aims at local level, the transfer rules in the official guide and this bye-law reflect that ethos. A player is considered to always owe allegiance and loyalty to the club he first legally participated with in club competition."

O'Toole's are still hopeful that Fennell may change his mind and commit to the club but the meeting has been called to get a consensus from the membership.

They will discuss all aspects of the matter but the indications are that O'Toole's will not be changing their stance on the transfer.

The possibility however of raising no objection to Fennell playing for Dublin could be broached by the membership as a gesture to the player. They are expected to issue a statement outlining their position tomorrow.

Club officials have been in contact with Fennell by text in recent days but he reportedly remains adamant that he is not returning to a club that he sees as more hurling orientated.


In response to that, O'Toole's claim to be the longest running senior gaelic football team in Dublin dating back to the 1910s. Fennell's only option of appeal on this matter would be to the DRA which is something he has indicated he would pursue.

In the meantime, they have applied to the Dublin CCC, which was due to meet last night, for a postponement of a Division 2 AFL relegation play-off fixed for Sunday.

That has been fixed for Sunday which clashes with Dublin's footballers' trip to Kerry and their hurlers' Walsh Cup test with Wexford which will preclude seven of their players from taking part.

Irish Independent

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