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Filling full-time post ‘a challenge’ for Mayo GAA


INSIGHT Mayo GAA Bord na nÓg chairman, Daithi Gallagher.

Mike Finnerty

FILLING the vacant position of Mayo GAA Operations and Finance Manager will ‘be a challenge’ and ‘could roll on for a while’ due to the fact that the contract on offer for the successful candidate ‘doesn’t offer permanency’.
That was the view of Mayo GAA Bord na nÓg chairman, Daithi Gallagher, when he spoke at last week’s online monthly meeting of club delegates to the County Board.
Gallagher, who works with Bord Fáilte as the manager of the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, said that non-permanent jobs were proving extremely difficult to fill in a range of sectors at the present time.
“At the moment there are well re-numerated jobs in tourism that are advertised at high rates and there are no applications going in for these jobs because of the nature of them, and they’re not permanent,” he explained.
“This role doesn’t offer permanency, it’s not something we can circumvent, we’re looking for a high-quality individual, and we’re limited with the fixed-term contract.
“And I know that’s something that can’t be changed.
“I think this might roll on for a while, until such time as the employment environment is a little better in the country.
“I think that’s a reality we’re just going to have to face. It’s not something that Mayo GAA or the GAA can fix. It’s going to be a challenge for us in filling this role.”
County Board chairman, Liam Moffatt, had told delegates that the position had been re-advertised recently after no candidates who had applied for the role initially were deemed ‘to meet the requirements that the HR department set out in Croke Park’.
A number of club delegates then raised questions about the matter, with Michael Gallagher (Ballycroy), Kevin McDonnell (Kilmaine) and Gerry O’Malley (Ballinrobe) all querying if, perhaps, the renumeration package on offer or the extremely detailed job spec’ should be reviewed.
“A number of other counties have struggled to fill positions,” replied Liam Moffatt.
“The process is solid, the process is open. This position is needed to help ease the burden on the volunteer.”
Kevin McDonnell suggested that the job spec’ could be ‘a turn-off for some given the level of detail’.
“It wouldn’t be a job that I’d apply for. It looks so big, so huge,” he observed.
“Does the renumeration package that Croke Park offer and the spec, do they marry?”
“I don’t know what’s being offered for the job, but maybe we need to be offering more to get the right person for the job?” commented Gerry O’Malley.
“This is a particularly difficult time for recruitment,” said Mayo GAA assistant treasurer, Michael Diskin. “This is an all-encompassing role, and by definition the job spec has to be very broad and very detailed. It’s a very challenging time to fill posts.”
“That’s been seen in the GAA in a number of other counties, not just us,” said Liam Moffatt.
“I’ll certainly relay the feedback to the HR department in Croke Park, if it’s relevant to the process. There will be a lot of support for the person, hopefully we’ll get the right person.”


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