CLUBS in Mayo need to speak their minds and have the courage of their convictions when it comes to dealing with Mayo GAA matters at County Board level.
That was the view put forward in a statement on behalf of Ballinrobe GAA Club who chose to abstain from voting at last week’s County Convention.
In a prepared statement read by Ballinrobe’s County Board delegate, Alan Flannery, the South Mayo club said that they had regularly voiced their disquiet with aspects of the County Board finances and called on other clubs to do likewise.
“Our club has regularly voiced its dissatisfaction over the figures and related matters in the only forum available to us — County Board meetings. However, we are also at a loss to understand why so many clubs are so passive on this matter. We will hope in the future that all who come to board meetings will have the courage of their convictions and speak their minds,” Flannery told the meeting just before the election of officers for the County Board commenced.
The Ballinrobe GAA club Treasurer also said that his club had taken a collective decision at their recent AGM, with the unanimous support of all its members present, to abstain from voting in protest at the running of the County Board, particularly with regard to the finances relating to the McHale Park redevelopment.
“Ballinrobe GAA Club wishes to record their dissatisfaction with the way in which the activities of this board has been administered in recent times. The fact that the final figures for the McHale Park development were only recently released is a serious worry for our club. This debt has the potential to cripple the GAA in this county for many years to come and will impact on every club and every GAA member in the county.
“We wish to make a protest here tonight. We’re disappointed that the financial information made available a couple of weeks ago was not made known to clubs in advance of the close of nominations for this convention, thus, the only protest open to us tonight is to abstain from voting on all elections and contests,” he said.