It shouldn’t come as a surprise, I know, but it’s still a bit stunning that tonight’s County Board meeting didn’t result in any resignations. Instead, all that was proffered by County Board Chairman Paddy McNicholas was a fairly lame apology for last weekend’s unedifying events, which then segued into what sounded like an incoherent debate about Kevin McStay’s “package” (the details of which, needless to say, were never revealed) but no discussion at all about the lies and the attempted cover-up. And Paddy, bless him, even got a round of applause at the end of it all.
A huge thanks, by the way, is due to Ed McGreal of the Mayo News and Michael Gallagher of the Western People who kept all and sundry updated of progress at the meeting via Twitter.
No doubt the County Board now see this as the end of the matter but I’d be surprised if supporters are of the same mind. Whatever goodwill existed up until now about those charged with running Mayo GAA has now surely evaporated. They’ve made a right laughing stock of the county through their arrogance and stupidity and the failure of club delegates to hold the Executive to account tonight demonstrates that this mixture of incompetence and high-handedness runs throughout the local organisation from top to bottom. It truly is a black night for Mayo GAA and it’ll be a very long time before the County Board regains any credibility with supporters after tonight’s whitewash.
It’s almost a forgotten footnote to tonight’s meeting that the appointment of Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes as managers for the next three years was also confirmed. Despite the deeply flawed process that resulted in their selection, the two lads deserve our best wishes as they take on this onerous job. In his parting shot as he left the post, James Horan pointed to the difficulties he’d had with the County Board and Noel and Pat will obviously need the same kind of fortitude in dealing with them. It’s not a task to be envied and that’s saying nothing of the pressures they’ll also inevitably face in trying to lead the team on to the Promised Land. They really are in the hot seat now.