Thursday 19 July 2018

Former Taoiseach Cowen set to mediate in crunch Offaly talks

 

Former Taoiseach Cowen set to mediate in crunch Offaly talks
Former Taoiseach Cowen set to mediate in crunch Offaly talks
Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen. Photo: PA

Jackie Cahill

Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen is the high-profile mediator in crunch talks between the Offaly county board and members of the recently resigned hurling review/implementation committee.

It emerged last month that the group seeking change, and chaired by former Ballyboden St Enda's manager Liam Hogan, stepped down en masse - with the blame for their departures laid firmly at the county board's door.

Hogan revealed that "total frustration" led to the move, which looked to have spelled the end for a committee set up in 2014.

Hogan's main source of frustration lay with the apparent lack of movement to implement key suggestions from the review group, which contains other high-calibre members including former county players Brian Carroll, David Kenny and Michael Verney.

Cowen, a renowned Offaly GAA follower, is the high-profile figure who has agreed to step in to oversee negotiations. The first meeting was due to take place yesterday, and it's understood that five club chairpersons were also due to be in attendance at the new Faithful Fields Centre of Excellence in Kilcormac.

Details of those talks, and whether common ground can be found between the county board and Hogan's group, could emerge later today.

Irish Independent

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