President vows to act on Clare club Kilmaley’s grant anger

GAA President Christy Cooney has vowed to respond to requests from irate Kilmaley club officials over the Clare club’s failure to receive a strategic development grant from cash derived from the opening up of Croke Park.

However he insisted the ultimate responsibility to explain the procedures used in dividing up the €250,000 rests with the Clare County Board.

Banner County officials were unable to decide on what 10 Clare clubs should each receive a grant of €25,000, with Croke Park stadium manager Peter McKenna and Derry County Board chairman Seamus McCloy enlisted to make a judgment. But the Kilmaley club reacted angrily to the lack of information over the criteria used to select the 10 clubs and have written to Cooney demanding an explanation. Cooney confirmed: “They have written to me and I haven’t replied to them yet. I’ll be corresponding but the main response to explain what was going on, is a matter for the Clare County Board.

“Clare set up a sub committee to look at this. They decided that there were 25 worthwhile projects and they couldn’t make a decision on the 10 best so we were asked at national level to review the projects.

“Seamus McCloy and Peter McKenna from our national infrastructure committee reviewed the projects and spoke to people who were members of the sub committee in Clare. They didn’t get an opportunity to visit them all because that wouldn’t have been possible. They then made a decision on the information in the applications they had before them and on the information they had received from Clare as to who would fit the bill. We were asked to make a judgment and we made that judgment. Our two people did what they thought was right.”

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