Donegal GAA chiefs have welcomed the GAA’s Disputes Resolution Authority's decision on the Burt/Killybegs case against County Convention procedures at last December’s Donegal County Convention.
Burt and Killybegs claimed that correct procedures had not been applied at the Convention in Letterkenny in relation to a number of motions that were on the clár in relation to the thorny issue of first club allegiance.
The clubs had claimed the motions had not been seconded, and also claimed that proper procedure had not been applied in putting the motions on the clár.
The independent DRA ruled, after a hearing that lasted almost four hours in the Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh, that the appeals by the two clubs had failed. This result was given orally after Friday night’s hearing and there will be a full written report on the judgement.
“We are delighted first of all that the matter has been resolved, and of course happy that the judgement found that the motions passed at the Convention stand,” Donegal chairman Sean Dunnion told the Democrat/People’s Press.
“The matter has been hanging over us since the end of last year and we can now move on and work on defining the club catchment areas. This whole matter has been parked up since Convention.”
Donegal were represented at the hearing by Mr. Dunnion, county secretary Aideen Gillen and by Denis O’Mahony, VP McMullin Solicitors, the board’s solicitors.
Burt were represented by club secretary Damian Dowd and club committee member Danny Dowds. John Cunningham, chairman and Niall Erskine, club committee member, represented Killybegs. The clubs were not legally represented.
It is understood that a request for legal costs from the county board were turned down by the tribunial.