A third of clubs could lose home fixtures

Up to a third of all Donegal GAA clubs face the prospect of having no home games until they pay their property and public liability insurance.

Up to a third of all Donegal GAA clubs face the prospect of having no home games until they pay their property and public liability insurance.

This follows a decision taken at Monday night’s county committee meeting after it emerged that 14 of the county’s clubs had not paid their relevant insurance.

The matter was raised by Terence McGinley of the Naomh Ultan club after it appeared in treasurer Seamus O’Donnell’s financial report. Following a proposal from the Naomh Ultan clubman, it was agreed that no games be fixed for any club ground that hasn’t its insurance up to date.

“It is highly irresponsible of these clubs not to have their property and public liability insurance. I don’t know who the clubs are and for that matter my own club could be one of them, but it is not good enough and is not on,” Terence McGinley said.

“What happens if a supporter or some one from another club or a member of the general public turns up at one of these grounds and gets injured and makes a claim. Who is liable?” he queried.

In response, county chairman P.J. McGowan said the club trustees were responsible while it was also pointed out that if the county board knowingly fixed a game for a club ground that was not covered, it could also be held responsible.

“It is not good enough and no games should be played at these grounds until everything is up to date,” concluded Terence McGinley.

County committee, by a show of hands, voted by a large majority in favour of the proposals and the County Competitions Committee were instructed not to fix games for any ground where the insurance is not in order.

While the 14 clubs were not named they are drawn from all four divisions with two in Divisions One and Three and five each in Divisions Two and Four.

It was also revealed that five clubs still had to pay their player injury insurance. However, county secretary, Aodh Mairtin O’Fearraigh pointed out that this was down to a problem with the Croke Park, National Data Base and not really the clubs’ fault.

He said the problem had been solved and he expected all five clubs to have their insurance registered by the end of this week.