THE position of Mayo GAA County Board PRO will be contested as next month’s County Convention after Michael Gallagher was officially reinstated back in the election race last night (Monday).
The matter was discussed by members of the Mayo GAA Executive Committee at a meeting in MacHale Park last night. Ballycroy native Gallagher was informed earlier this afternoon via email that he would be allowed contest the position currently held by Paul Cunnane.
Davitts clubman Cunnane, who has completed four years in the PRO role and has one remaining on his term, has also allowed his name to go forward to contest the position of vice-chairman with Con Moynihan of Ballaghaderreen at the Convention on December 15 in Belmullet.
Last week, it emerged that Gallagher’s nomination – put forward by Ballycroy GAA Club – was not accepted by Mayo County Board due to a technicality in the ruling. However, a u-turn has now been taken on that decision and Gallagher has said that he is now looking forward to getting back to his campaign.
“On behalf of my family and I, I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to give me the opportunity to re-enter the race to be Mayo GAA PRO, ” Gallagher said in a statement released to The Mayo News today. “It hasn’t been an easy nine days, but the support of clubs and the general public throughout Mayo and beyond has been nothing short of inspirational.
“I want to sincerely thank my club, Ballycroy GAA, who never deviated from the right road and went to great lengths to bring about a fair outcome to this saga. The professional and fair-minded way in which they worked over the past week will never leave me.
“I also want to say how much I appreciate the response of Mayo GAA to the situation. At a very difficult juncture in time, they worked with Ballycroy GAA to bring the matter to a close.
“I now find myself in a very disadvantaged position having lost nine days of campaigning, but will move forward positively and with great endeavour in the very best interests of Mayo GAA and everyone involved in our association. ”
Convention 2020 takes place at 12 noon on Sunday, December 15 in the Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Belmullet, in conjunction with the North Mayo Board.