Friday 23 March 2018

What Fermanagh said

We acknowledge that four players informed county officers in writing last Tuesday (March 22) that they had formally withdrawn from the Fermanagh senior football panel.

As a result of this letter, officers of the county board met these players last Thursday in accordance with the Disputes Resolution protocols as outlined in the recently announced GAA/GPA Recognition Agreement.

Following discussion of the report of that meeting we wish to state:

1 Fermanagh County Management Committee fully supports John O'Neill and his back-room team.

2 We commend the leadership shown by the senior team captain and players' representative, Barry Owens, and pledge our support to all those panel members who have continued to play for our senior football team.

3 We reaffirm that all our team managers are appointed to a three-year term.

4 We regret that the four players are currently unavailable for selection to our senior team, and acknowledge their contribution to Fermanagh football over the years.

5 We are committed to working to address issues raised by all players.

6 Following discussions with the GAA/ GPA we did not consider that their suggestions represented an appropriate way forward.

We recognise that the senior team is in transition, and we ask that the current team management and players are given time and space to manage this situation. We appeal to all Fermanagh Gaels to continue their support to all our county teams.

What GAA/GPA said

The GAA and GPA met with representatives of the Fermanagh County Committee and a number of players that are no longer on the county's senior football panel on Thursday night last, March 24.

Having listened to the concerns of both parties, the GAA/GPA put forward a proposal they believed represented a reasonable way forward and which would bring the matter to a conclusion.

This proposal was discussed at meetings of the Fermanagh GAA Management Committee on Monday night last and again last night. Regretfully, the Fermanagh GAA Management Committee have decided not to accept the proposal.

It is a source of disappointment that our attempts to facilitate a solution have been unsuccessful and the GAA/GPA reiterate their availability to assist in any way required in the future.

Irish Independent

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