Central Council introduces ‘fresh blood’ to committees

BY his own admission, GAA President Christy Cooney favoured “fresh blood” in is choice of chairmen of 31 national committees, which he announced at a meeting of the Central Council in Cork following the completion of Congress.

Arguably the most high profile appointment — to the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) — went to Seamus Woods, the Tyrone delegate on the Central Council but who is relatively unknown nationally.

“I have probably brought a lot of people in that hadn’t been active before, but that’s necessary in any association,” explained Cooney. “And while some people would still have a lot to offer, I felt we needed fresh blood.

“We need to move the Association on and give other people a new opportunity. We have the utmost confidence in all of them to deliver. It will make the Association stronger and in time create new leaders.”

Cooney himself will chair two committees, apart from the Management Committee — Strategic Implementation and Social Initiative. And he has named Dr Martin McAleese, husband of President Mary McAleese, as a member of the latter group. The membership also includes Director-General Páraic Duffy and former GAA president Dr Mick Loftus.

Outgoing President Nickey Brennan takes over as head of the IT/Communications committee, former President Joe McDonagh heads up the Overseas committee and the new Camogie Association president, Joan O’Flynn will chair the Code of Best Practice Implementation task force.

Meanwhile, Liam O’Neill takes over from Cooney as chairman of the Coaching & Games Development committee, ex-referee Mick Curley is appointed to the Referees Committee, Kerry Chairman Jerome Conway will head up the Feile na nGael committee and former Kerry secretary Eamonn O’Sullivan will be in charge of the Club/Community Development committee.

The chair appointments are: Central Competitions Control: S. Woods (Tyrone); Central Hearings: L. Keane (Meath); Central Appeals: S. Moroney (Clare); Coaching/Games Development: L. O’Neill (Laois); Referees: M. Curley (Galway); Strategic Implementation: C. Cooney; Financial Management: L. Quinn (Sligo); Infrastructure/Safety: S. McCloy (Derry); Audit: F. O’Neill (Dublin); Féile na nGael: J. Conway (Kerry); Peil na nÓg: M. McGoldrick (Tyrone); Insurance: M. O’Donoghue (Kerry); Overseas: J. McDonagh (Galway); Presentation/Awards: J. Burns (Armagh); IT/Communications: N. Brennan (Kilkenny); Medical/Scientific/Welfare: Dr P. Duggan (Dublin); Scor: D. Maguire (Westmeath); Coiste na Gaeilge: W. Ring (Cork); Bye-Laws: J. Treacy (Tyrone); Child Welfare/Protection: T. Owens (Cork); Urban Development: L. O’Connell (Dublin); Integration/Inclusion: F. O’Connor (Galway); Research: S. Donnelly (Dublin); Club/Community Development: E. O’Sullivan (Kerry); Social Initiative: C. Cooney; Fixtures Planning: J. Greene (Longford); Rules Advisory: F. Murphy (Cork); Post Primary Schools: A. Fallon (Longford); Code of Best Practice Implementation Task Force — J. O’Flynn (Cork).

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