Tom Daly ratified as Presidential candidate

Former Donegal GAA official and Aodh Ruadh clubman Tom Daly is set to be a candidate in the race to replace Christy Cooney as President of the GAA.

Former Donegal GAA official and Aodh Ruadh clubman Tom Daly is set to be a candidate in the race to replace Christy Cooney as President of the GAA.

Mr. Daly, who is also a former member of the Ulster Council, was nominated by his club Aodh Ruadh at last night's Donegal County Convention.

And his candidacy has been endorsed by Donegal GAA and county chairman P.J. McGowan.

Describing Tom Daly as an outstanding official and a great servant to the Association at all levels from club right up through Donegal minor and senior boards and on the Ulster Council, P.J. McGowan said it was a privilege to endorse his candidacy.

"I am delighted to see that Tom is allowing his name go forward. He is an outstanding official. He has served the Association at all levels and he did a fabulous job in his term as President of the Ulster Council, at a time of huge transformation and change," said the Donegal chairman.

Mr. Daly becomes the third name to enter the race for the top job in the Association. Already in the race is former Leinster Council President and Laois man Liam O'Neill and Tipperary man and former Munster Council President, Con Hogan.

Liam O'Neill, who has chaired a number of high powered Croke Park committees, was a defeated candidate last time, losing out to current holder of the office Christy Cooney.

The position will be filled by election at next Spring's National Congress of the GAA and the successful candidate will then take over from Christy Cooney at the 2012 congress.

Tom Daly is a son of the legendary and longest serving Donegal GAA secretary, the late Hugh Daly. He played both hurling and football for Aodh Ruadh and was a member of the 1986 senior championship winning squad.

He has served in every position in the club and also at division, county minor and senior board level from youth officer to Ulster Council representative and vice-chairman.

And during his term on the Ulster Council he has held every position right up to provincial President and Vice-President of the Association at national level. He holds an executive position with the HSE. Tom Daly is Donegal's first ever presidential candidate.

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