SPEAKING HIS MIND Mayo GAA chairman Liam Moffatt is pictured speaking at the GAA’s annual Congress last month. Pic: Sportsfile
LAST week marked 90 days since Liam Moffatt was elected as chairman of the Mayo GAA Board and he says he has learned three key things since taking the hotseat three months ago.
“Firstly, that you have to listen to understand. I’ve listened to a huge amount of stakeholders and I’ve learned a lot over the last few months,” he told The Mayo News.
“Secondly, communication is key regarding policies and procedures to assist the running of Mayo GAA and its stakeholders.
“And thirdly, that we need to continue on with the process so as to give a clear strategy about where Mayo GAA is going long-term. The aim is to do this later in the year, but obviously timeslines may be impacted by the current Covid-19 crisis.”
Last week Mayo GAA announced that they were ‘suspending all levy payments to clubs for March and April’ in order to ‘ease the burden’ as they ‘face an uncertain future’.
Moffatt outlined the thinking behind the decision.
“First and foremost this is a health crisis but there is also an economic element to what is happening,” he said.
“Suspending the levies was a recognition of the distress that clubs are experiencing around health and the economy — in terms of their ability to fundraise through lotto, bingo, etc due to social distancing.
“So obviously clubs were asking, ‘we can’t fundraise, so how can we pay our levies?’
“They were reporting significant challenges and concerns so we, the executive committee, responded to these concerns in an attempt to help.
“We were aware of the health worries and the economic worries and we wanted to reduce the stress on people in our clubs.”
In relation to the current health crisis sweeping across the country and the globe, Moffatt, a medical professional who runs a well-known physiotherapy practice in Ballina, had a very simple message for people.
“Stick to the guidelines, protect yourself and others, keep informed by credible sources, listen to the experts, and be kind.
“Once we have our health, the reality is that we will all bounce back.”