Dublin County Board brings UCD furore to Central Council

DUBLIN are to consult with the Central Council before deciding on UCD’s future involvement in the county board’s competitions.

The issue was discussed at a meeting of the Dublin County Board on Monday night, following the call from St Vincent’s to bar them from participating.

However, no decision was taken.

Instead, it was agreed to seek clarification from the Central Council, which next meets on Saturday week.

What the Dublin executive wants to find out is whether or not they would be entitled to reject UCD’s affiliation for league and championship competitions.

“We would like to know if we have that power, to exclude or expel a club from the championship,’’ said Dublin chairman Gerry Harrington.

He pointed out that there is provision in the rules for taking such action for disciplinary purposes, or in the case of a club going out of existence.

“It was decided we would seek that clarification from the Central Council and we have brought forward our next meeting to February 26, so that we can put our league and championship programme in place,” he stated.

Interestingly, no club submitted a motion to last year’s county convention to exclude the college teams, even though their involvement has been a source of irritation for a number of clubs. It’s understood that a motion will be before this year’s Congress in Kilkenny in April in relation to the involvement of university teams in county competitions, but that it won’t specifically refer to the Dublin case.

UCD defeated St Vincent’s in the 2006 county final and the irony is the college’s Gaelic Games coach is David Billings — a former Vincent’s star.

nThe main business at the February 17 Central Council meeting will be to decide on the games programme in Croke Park for the IRFU and FAI in 2008.

Meanwhile Anthony Lynch is expected to return to the Cork team for Saturday’s Allianz National Football League clash with Kerry under lights in Tralee.

The Naomh Abán player missed last weekend’s defeat by Donegal because of flu.

However, Kevin McMahon remains a doubtful starter because of a shoulder injury, which also ruled him out of the Donegal match.

The Cork team will be announced tomorrow night and changes are expected. Michael Prout is likely to come back into the full back line of defence in place of David Coughlan, while both Nicholas Murphy and James Masters will be eligible for selection following their dismissals in the Donegal game after receiving double yellow cards.

Dublin, beaten by Tyrone in their league opener, have also deferred selection of their team to play Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday until tomorrow night.

A number of the Dublin panel are involved in Sigerson Cup action today, while Darren Magee remains doubtful starter because of a hip injury.

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