Setanta out in cold and Cullen suspended

Donegal’s sole hurling club Setanta are out in the cold when it comes to adult hurling but still can participate at underage level, Monday night’s county committee meeting was told.

Donegal’s sole hurling club Setanta are out in the cold when it comes to adult hurling but still can participate at underage level, Monday night’s county committee meeting was told.

This was reported by Donegal chairman P.J. McGowan during the meeting which the chairman threatened to adjourn a number of times following persistent questioning from Setanta secretary Danny Cullen (pictured) at the start of the meeting.

The chairman refused to answer questions from Mr. Cullen as he alleged the Setanta official stood suspended and under rule he was not entitled to be at or take part in the meeting.

The Setanta official queried his own suspension and the situation regarding the non acceptance of the club’s affiliation for 2012 and wondered if the suspension applied right across the club and did it include underage teams.

He insisted that he had not been officially informed of the suspensions and all he knew on the matter was what head read in the Democrat (on Thursday last).

However, the chairman informed him that as he understood he had been informed by registered letter of the decision of the county executive on the matter. The County secretary was not present at Monday night’s meeting due to other commitments.

With Mr. Cullen persisting with his line of questioning, the chairman stated that he had no choice but to adjourn the meeting. However, following calls from a number of members of the committee the Setanta official departed the meeting.

The chairman later told the committee following Setanta’s failure to come up with an acceptable payment method to pay off the club’s debts to the county board, as was laid down by the previous county committee, the board took the decision not to accept the club’s affiliation.

The chairman also confirmed that the club had come up with a proposal to pay off debt but that there was nothing new in it and it was one that had also been found unacceptable by the county executive. The club have a substantial debt to the county board, believed to be a five figure sum, mostly relating to unpaid levies paid by all clubs to the county board.

“The affiliation issue only applies to the club at adult level and does not apply to underage. The club can still compete in all underage competitions in the county and underage club players can play county hurling with Donegal,” said the chairman.

The chairman gave no details for the reason to suspend Danny Cullen for 48 weeks. However, as reported in the Democrat last week, it is believed it was for allegedly bringing the Association into disrepute.

Meanwhile, Danny Cullen, who contacted the Democrat yesterday morning (Wednesday) did confirm that he would be appealing both his own suspension and the action taken against the club at adult level.