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Friday 14 December 2018

GPA ready to begin task of finding a replacement for Earley as CEO

Earley announced his resignation from the post in late January, less than a year after taking over from Dessie Farrell. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Earley announced his resignation from the post in late January, less than a year after taking over from Dessie Farrell. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

The starting gun in the race to replace Dermot Earley as GPA chief executive will be fired over the next few days when the position is due to be advertised.

In a surprise move, Earley announced his resignation from the post in late January, less than a year after taking over from Dessie Farrell.

He decided to return to the Defence Forces, from where he was on leave of absence. He said that after careful consideration he decided his career lay in the Army.

GPA chairman and Limerick hurler Séamus Hickey has acted as interim CEO since then.

There has been some surprise over the delay in beginning the process to replace Earley, but Hickey said yesterday that the GPA were now ready to proceed.

"There were various consultations that had to be undertaken. These are now completed and the position will be advertised in the coming days. We are ready to go," said Hickey.

The new CEO will take over at an interesting time. The GAA has also undergone significant a change at the top, following the appointment of Tom Ryan to replace Páraic Duffy as director-general and John Horan taking over from Aogán Ó Fearghaíl as president.

The current arrangement between Croke Park and the GPA is due to expire next year.

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