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Mayo LGFA rocked by a dozen resignations


TOP POST Mayo LGFA chairperson  Yvonne McEvilly presided over last Tuesday's night monthly County Board meeting.

A dozen executive officers stepped down last week

Mike Finnerty

THE future of the Mayo Ladies Gaelic Football Association looks extremely uncertain after 12 members of the County Board executive resigned from their positions early last week.
The only high-ranking executive officer not to step down was chairperson, Yvonne McEvilly.
Ten of the officers stepped down “with immediate effect” en bloc last Tuesday, explaining in an e-mail that was signed by them and circulated to all Mayo LGFA clubs that they were unhappy that answers had not been provided to ‘several issues that were raised by delegates at the February County Board meeting’.
The executive officers who stepped down together were: Declan Kennedy (Vice Chairperson); Cathy Fleming (Secretary); Brian Dunleavy (Assistant Secretary); Breda Waldron (Treasurer); Agnes McDonagh (Assistant Treasurer); Terry Pattinson (Registrar); Damien Gavin (Development Officer); Meghan Craughwell (Assistant PRO); Des Philips (Connacht LGFA Delegate) and Padraig Hennigan (Fixtures committee).
They were later followed by Susan Rodgers (PRO) and referees’ co-ordinator Peter Scully who also stepped down from their posts.
Despite a request by the ten executive officers in question for a postponement of last Tuesday night’s monthly meeting of the Mayo LGFA club delegates, and an EGM to be held this Thursday night, March 19, last week’s County Board meeting went ahead in Castlebar.
The Mayo News understands that the meeting was chaired by Yvonne McEvilly with a number of club delegates ‘drafted’ on to the top table to fulfill executive duties.
There were also a number of Connacht LGFA officials in attendance, as was Mayo ladies senior team manager, Peter Leahy.
“There are several issues that were raised by delegates at the February county board meeting that we still do not have answers for. The postponement has not been facilitated,” the e-mail sent to clubs on behalf of the 10 now former officers said, referencing Tuesday night’s meeting.
“Therefore, we are giving notice to clubs that, we the 10 members named, are stepping down from our position with immediate effect.
“Despite long hours and extraordinary effort, we cannot work within the current environment.”
Any prospects of an Extraordinary General Meeting being held this week will have to be put on hold after the Government issued strict guidelines around mass gatherings until at least March 29 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
However, this latest saga to hit the Mayo LGFA won’t be going away any time soon.
Many of the ‘issues’ referred to in the statement by the executive officers who stepped down last week are believed to relate to the finances of the Mayo LGFA and to the governance and organisation of the County Board.

Financial concerns
JUST over three months ago, the outgoing Mayo LGFA secretary Kevin McDonnell flagged a number of his concerns around governance and finance in his report to the Mayo LGFA Annual General Meeting.
No treasurer’s report was presented at the AGM in December due to the absence of outgoing treasurer Ian O’Sullivan due to a car accident earlier in the day. However, McDonnell noted in his report that the Board was in financial ‘difficulty’.
“The cost of running teams continues to escalate and the board must look at boosting revenue,” he said. “As with any organisation, financial accountability is of paramount importance and financial control must go through the county treasurer.
“It is critical that the correct processes are in place and that those processes are adhered to so that everyone – sponsors, supporters, clubs and players – can be assured that our association is adhering to the very highest standards.
“Financially we are in difficulty – we are spending more than we generate and that must be rectified in 2020.”

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