A NOMINEE for the Mayo GAA PRO position at next month’s County Convention, who was told he would not be allowed to contest the position last weekend, has called on Mayo GAA officials to reinstate him back into the race or he says he will be left with no choice but to instruct legal proceedings against them.
Ballycroy native Michael Gallagher admitted he was ‘devastated’ by the news that his nomination for the Mayo GAA PRO position had not been accepted by the Mayo County Board due to a technicality in the ruling.
In an e-mail seen by The Mayo News, Mayo GAA secretary Dermot Butler informed Ballycroy GAA Club, who had nominated Gallagher, that his nomination cannot be accepted as Gallagher was not a member of a GAA club before the required time of March 31.
The email stated: “The rules of the Association (T.O. 2.1 2019 Memberships) state, 2.1 (g) Only a Full Member who has paid his annual Club subscription by the due date set by the Executive Committee of the Club. (which shall be prior to March 31st each year) shall be eligible to vote at, nominate for, or seek election to the Executive Committee at any following General Meeting of the Club held up to and including the due date for payment of the annual Club subscription in the following Membership Year.”
However, Gallagher told The Mayo News last night (Monday) that after taking legal advice, he does not believe the application of the ruling is correct and that he is willing to take the case all the way to the High Court should the County Board maintain their position.
“Personally, I have nothing against anyone in the County Board, or Mayo GAA for that matter, because it is a huge part of my life. But I am willing to resort to the courts to solve this matter,” he said. “I would ask the Mayo County Board to not let that happen, to pull back and look at it again. Because if this does go to the courts, I am very confident that I will run for the PRO position at the Mayo County Convention on December 15.
“I have huge determination to succeed in my campaign, which is based on humility and respect. The support from my family, and the huge support I have received from the clubs in Mayo, who have really rallied behind me since the news broke, has been quite humbling and has given me great courage to take the next step.
“I think change is about to occur and that may have frightened some people who are opposed to change.”
Nominations for the convention, which takes place on Sunday, December 15, closed last weekend.
There was no other nomination forwarded for the PRO position, which is currently held by Paul Cunnane, who has one year left on his term.