FORMER Kildare County Board chairman Syl Merrins last week proposed to make Kieran McGeeney’s expenses available to delegates after Eadestown’s Pat Doyle insinuated that the reason the board were in debt was because of the Armagh man, writes Ruth Chambers.
Following on from a special finance meeting of all chairpersons and secretaries the previous week a debate raged over how to stem the tide, however Doyle offered his opinion on why the county was in such turmoil.
“We have been hemorrhaging money since 2007 when we showed a deficit for the first time. It’s no coincident that this coincided with Kieran McGeeney’s first year on board,” said Doyle.
Immediately former chairman Merrins responded and emphatically rubbished Doyle’s statement.
“I’ve sat back and listened to what’s been said here tonight and I’m conscious that I’m a former chairman. However, I want to say that in all my dealings with Kieran McGeeney the one thing about him is that he is not all about money,” insisted the Nurney man.
He added: “I am not going to sit here and be ridiculed or let Kieran McGeeney be ridiculed when he is not here to defend himself. I am sick listening to people talking about Kieran McGeeney breaking this county and what he is and isn’t getting. I propose that a breakdown of what he got for 2012 be made available so people can see.”
Mr Merrins also pointed out that McGeeney’s arrival also coincided with the beginning of redevelopment at Hawkfield and perhaps that contributed to the 2007 deficit. He also urged Mr Doyle to run for election at the annual Convention in December.
“I don’t know where you are getting your figures Pat but you have to remember that during that time we were in the middle of doing Hawkfield. I would suggest come convention you stop sitting down the back firing scud missiles and come up to the top table and do something about it,” insisted Merrins.
Current county board chairman John McMahon was also quick to rubbish Doyle’s statement and revealed that in 2012 the cost of running the Kildare senior football team amounted to just over E270,000.
“The senior footballers have pulled back costs considerably. Kieran McGeeney is not the pariah around Kildare. In fact it’s quite the opposite. He has played a huge part in cutting costs,” remarked Mr McMahon.