A quick perusal around the Birds’ Nest at Tuesday night’s March Co. Board gathering of the grass roots and one immediately felt there was something afoot. Familiar faces aplenty but this time around there seem to be a larger gathering of those who would be more associated with the hurling side of the GAA ‘family’ rather than the ‘football’ side of things, if you get me drift.
We didn’t have to wait too long to see why.
Once we got to ‘matters arising’ Aidan Sinnott, the Hurling Board vice chairman was on his feet with all guns blazing and he had in his sights just one target, Co. Board Chairman, John McMahon.
Mr. Sinnott was not a happy camper, and neither were his fellow ‘hurling family’ comrades.
And the reason for this goes back to the hurling convention when it was alleged by Mr. Sinnott and others, that they, the hurling board, had been given an assurance by the Co. Chairman at that meeting that they, the hurling board, would have a member on the CCC for the 2013 season.
This issue was brought up at the February gathering when the Co. Board Chairman, Mr. McMahon proposed, and it was accepted by the meeting, that the entire CCC of 2012 be reappointed for 2013.
Abbey Murphy, Hon., Secretary of the Hurling Board immediately objected at that February meeting stating that they (the hurling board) had been promised a member on the CCC.
John McMahon replied that he had stated at the hurling convention that he would look into having a member of the hurling board on the CCC in 2013 but that he made no definite promise and having looked into the matter as promised decided that as the 2012 CCC had done such a fine job he thought it best to have them reappointed en bloc.
The chairman’s proposal at that February gathering was passed by the delegates.
Ms. Murphy objected strenuously at that meeting and was backed up by Ardclough Hurling Club delegate, Noel Burke at the time.
At Tuesday night’s meeting when Mr. Sinnott said that despite suggestions the matter would be resolved, nothing had been done and he insisted that the problem be aired on the floor.
The chairman, said that he had had a brief discussion (prior to the start of Tuesday’s meeting) with the hurling board chairman, Eddie Lawlor, and had suggested that a meeting ‘to find a compromise to the problem’ should be set up involving himself, vice chairman, Ger Donnelly along with Mr. Lawlor and another member of the hurling board.
Mr. Sinnott objected strenuously to this approach and insisted that the problem be sorted there and then.
John McMahon said that the way forward was to meet in private with no discussion in public (in other words no press present) and that was what he was proposing and he was not for changing.
Despite the protestations of Mr. Sinnott, Ms. Murphy and the hurling board chairman, Eddie Lawlor, it was agreed that a meeting would be arranged and held within a few days to seek a compromise.
Mr. Sinnott insisted that the only compromise that they (hurling board) wanted was a hurling board member on the CCC while also stating that he had absolutely no problem with any member of the present CCC committee only with the fact that there was no hurling member on it.
Eventually the Co. Board Chairman ruled that a meeting would be held to reach a compromise and that meeting, he assured all concerned, would be held within days.
There are eight members on the CCC, in accordance with the Kildare GAA by-laws and it is understood that that number cannot be increased to nine or ten but must remain at eight, so it will indeed be very interesting what compromise, if any, can be reached without one member of the CCC resigning to make way for a hurling board member .
However with all other delegates (apart from hurling club delegates) sitting on their hands during Tuesday night’s ‘discussion’ that particular scenario certainly does not look likely.
Interesting times ahead!