Laois chairman blasts Leinster Council treatment of Dublin fixture

Laois GAA chairman Gerry Kavanagh has accused the Leinster Council of inflicting “irreparable” damage to their integrity over the decision to fix a Leinster SFC game in Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, next year.

Speaking at Monday night’s Laois GAA Convention, Kavanagh lashed out at the fixture, which would see Laois face Dublin at the Kilkenny venue on June 4 next, if they beat Wicklow in the opening round.

The Stradbally man also informed the meeting that he felt the game was fixed for Nowlan Park as a way to get back at Laois for what he called “perceived preferential treatment” afforded to them while Michael Delaney, a Laois man, was the chief executive of the Leinster Council.

In his address to delegates, Kavanagh stated. “The slap in the face to us is because of the perceived preferential treatment that was given to our county by its (the Leinster Council) former CEO (Michael Delaney). I have no doubt that that is the reason, and people are saying ‘well, now we’ll show them who is in charge’. If I am correct, and that is the case, I know of no greater insult to the former CEO.

“I also believe the integrity of the Leinster Council has been damaged irreparably, I can’t see where the integrity can be repaired, I’m disgusted.”

Kavanagh informed the meeting he had sought an explanation from Leinster Council over the decision, but had not received one. He also thanked former Laois footballer and Newstalk presenter Colm Parkinson for giving him the chance to air their grievances.

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