Thursday 23 January 2020

O'Mahony urges mediation in Mayo

John O'Mahony. Photo: Sportsfile
John O'Mahony. Photo: Sportsfile

John O'Mahony has urged the various warring parties in the Mayo funding saga to embrace independent mediation.

The impasse between Mayo's county board executive and the Mayo GAA International Supporters' Foundation has spiralled into potentially even more damaging terrain this week, with clubs caught in the middle.

Against the backdrop of an emergency meeting of board delegates, called for tonight, the county's former manager has expressed fears about the longer-term ramifications.

"I would appeal to all sides to get some mediation on this, some resolution to this, because otherwise it seems to be just getting worse," O'Mahony told The Herald.

The Fine Gael senator, who has twice managed Mayo and led Galway to a brace of All-Ireland SFC titles, added: "It needs to come to an end, and quickly, because the focus needs to get back on the pitch and that will be starting in a few weeks' time.

"For the sake of Mayo football, it needs to be done because Mayo have been the envy of a lot of counties from the point of view of support and performance on the field in the last ten years - and we need to get back to that.

"It's not a great scenario for James Horan. I'd have sympathy with him as well with all this going on."

The stand-off between Mayo GAA chiefs and the supporters' foundation - fronted by Tim O'Leary, a UK-based financial trader with Mayo roots - has taken several further twists this week.

Tonight's emergency meeting, starting at 8pm, was announced in the wake of seven clubs challenging the nature of a vote of confidence in the county board taken at Monday's 'in camera' meeting.

Another motion prohibiting the media from future meetings was also passed.

But O'Mahony reasoned: "While there needs to be a resolution found behind closed doors, I don't think that should include banning the media from county board meetings."

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