Saturday 20 October 2018

Paraic Duffy's successor won't be known until next March


Páraic Duffy. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
Páraic Duffy. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

The vacancy for the position of GAA Director-General is expected to be advertised before Christmas but the identity of the person chosen to replace Páraic Duffy is unlikely to be known until March.

It's more than seven weeks since Duffy announced his intention to retire on March 31 next.

It was thought that the advertisement seeking a replacement would appear soon afterwards but it hasn't happened.

President, Aogán Ó Fearghaíl said that it was hoped to place the advertisement before Christmas.

It's understood that a recruitment company will be tasked with running the initial stages of the screening process, similar to the process undertaken to find a replacement for Liam Mulvihill in 2007.

"It's a very big decision so we won't be rushed," said Ó Fearghaíl.

"There's a process underway and we will stick by that.

"Páraic isn't due to finish until the end of March."

It's unlikely that there will be any announcement on Duffy's successor until after Congress at the end of February as it would overshadow the inauguration of John Horan (Dublin) as President.

An unusual aspect of the search for the GAA's 19th Director-General is that two Presidential figures will be involved in the decision-making.

Ó Fearghaíl isn't due to complete his term until the end of February when he will be replaced by Horan, who was chosen as President-elect earlier this year.

Various screening and interviewing strands will apply but ultimately, ," said Ó Fearghaíl and Horan will be the main figures in deciding on Duffy's successor.

Meanwhile, Dublin champions Cuala will be attempting to join a select band of clubs who have retained the Leinster senior hurling title when they play Kilcormac/Killoughey (Offaly) in the final in Portlaoise tomorrow (2.0)

Ballyhale Shamrocks and James Stephens (both Kilkenny), Birr (Offaly) and Rathnure (Wexford) are the only other clubs to have completed the Leinster double.

Kilcormac/Killoughey las won the title in 2012. The winners' opponents in the All-Ireland semi-final will be Gort or Liam Mellows, who meet in the Galway final in Pearse Stadium tomorrow (2.0).

Irish Independent

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