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Mayo LGFA in crisis again


LETTERYvonne McEvilly

Ger Flanagan

TWO years after the Mayo Ladies Gaelic Football Association made national headlines after ten players left the county senior panel citing ‘player welfare issues’, they are back in the news again for all the wrong reasons.
Last Friday a confirmation e-mail was sent from the LGFA (the game’s national ruling body) — signed by President Marie Hickey — to Mayo LGFA chairperson, Yvonne McEvilly, stating that the Connacht LGFA Council were ‘taking control of the running of all LGFA activities within Mayo’.
This is because there is no Mayo LGFA executive committee currently in place in the county after ten of its members resigned last March, shortly before the Coronavirus lockdown.
Those ten former executive members had called for an EGM so they could outline the reasons why they had resigned to Mayo club delegates. However, that never happened.
Instead, on June 3, Mayo LGFA chairperson Yvonne McEvilly distributed an e-mail to all Mayo clubs proposing a new date for an EGM to appoint a new executive and to outline the reasons why, she believed, the ten members had walked away.
She also stated that she would shed some light on the financial ‘anomalies’ she claims had become apparent in the 2019 accounts and appear to be the root of a lot of the recent troubles.
Ms McEvilly was also critical of the ten former executive members in her e-mail to clubs.
The ten former executive members duly replied with a detailed response to McEvilly’s e-mail on June 16 where they refuted many of the points she had made.
This correspondence was also circulated to all Mayo LGFA clubs.
The former executive members also asked for a breakdown of €19,300 which was attributed to the senior management in the 2019 accounts.
Mayo senior manager Peter Leahy, has also circulated letters to club delegates, including one last Thursday, June 18, defending his position, welcoming transparency, and criticising the ten former executive members who resigned from their positions.
The Mayo News understands that there has been a suggestion of legal proceedings arising as a result of some of the aforementioned letters.


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