THE Mayo GAA County Board are planning to have a ‘real heart-to-heart’ conversation with clubs regarding the many issues that have engulfed the county in recent weeks, arising from emails sent by the Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation, next Monday evening.
Chairman Mike Connelly told delegates at tonight’s (Wednesday's) County Board meeting that no press will be allowed to attend the meeting, where they will go through in detail the issues raised around ‘governance’.
Connelly also said that after taking legal advice regarding the many allegations in the emails, sent by Foundation chairman Tim O’Leary, the Board would not be responding at tonight’s meeting and would not be taking any questions from the floor.
County secretary Dermot Butler read a prepared statement in response to a letter received from the Foundation on September 24. In the statement, Butler acknowledged Mr O’Leary made a donation of €150,000 in 2018, and that receipts were provided for where it was spent, but that no other money was received.
However, he stated that: “Mayo GAA Board are delighted to have the assistance of such a supporters network provided that there is a clear understanding that all funds raised are under the umbrella of Cairde Maigh Eo… Ultimate control of monies raised remains with Mayo GAA County Board.
“It was made abundantly clear to Mr O’Leary that monies raised in the name of Mayo GAA must remain within the control Of Mayo GAA Co Board.
“The County Board acknowledges receipt of €150,000 from Mr O’Leary. No other monies were received from Mr O’Leary or the Foundation. The County Board acknowledges spending by the Foundation as outlined in the paragraph headed Gala Ball New York.
“The County Board looks forward to the receipt of €250,000 raised on behalf of Mayo GAA County Board by the Foundation.”
The Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation are currently withholding €250,000 from the Mayo GAA Board over what they describe as ‘governance issues’.
The statement also denied that a commitment was given to the Foundation, by Mayo County Board, that they would provide ten All-Ireland Final tickets for the Gala Auction which took place last May in New York.
Meanwhile, the County Board also responded to claims made by New York based Eugene Rooney that the board owe him close to $20,000 dating back to 2013 and 2014 for what Mr Rooney said was meals provided to the Mayo team and officials.
Mr Rooney, a native of Kiltimagh, asked that the board pay the ‘outstanding amount in full to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice’.
The statement read: “Agreement was reached between you [Eugene Rooney] and Mayo GAA Board in relation to the amount due and that agreed sum was discharged in full. No further monies are owed to you.”