St. Michael’s delegate receives an apology from county secretary

A top Donegal GAA official has apologised to a club delegate after he claimed that the delegate was at a meeting at the end last year when in fact he was not present.

A top Donegal GAA official has apologised to a club delegate after he claimed that the delegate was at a meeting at the end last year when in fact he was not present.

Aodh Mairtin O’Fearraigh, the Donegal GAA secretary, made the apology at last Monday night’s county committee meeting. At the meeting the secretary clarified that contrary to what he had submitted to the Ulster Hearings’ Committee, St. Michael’s delegate Eamon McGinley was not present at last September’s meeting of the county committee.

Making the apology, the secretary said that a roll of attendance of the meeting in question which had been missing had been discovered. And he wanted to confirm that Eamon McGinley was not at the meeting in question.

“I wish to apologise to Eamon McGinley and also confirm that I have informed the Ulster Council that Eamon was not present at the meeting at which Paul Melaugh was appointed,” said the secretary.

This was the meeting at which Paul Melaugh, Naomh Padraig, Lifford was appointed assistant county secretary and secretary of the CCC, the body with responsibility for making fixtures.

The CCC was the committee which threw St. Michael’s out of the championship after they failed to full fill their quarter-final fixture with Naomh Conaill.

One of the main planks of St. Michael’s appeal against the decision was the legality of the appointment of Melaugh.

The Ulster body upheld the decision of the Donegal CCC and the championship went ahead without St. Michael’s.

The matter had been raised a number of times since the turn of the year by the St. Michael’s delegate, but on each occasion the secretary had reported that the roll for the meeting was missing and he was not in a position to clarify whether or not Eamon McGinley was at the meeting.