By Anthony Hennigan
Tim O’Leary, the founder of the Mayo GAA Foundation, has insisted that he and the Foundation are willing to work with the Mayo GAA County Board and its new chairman, Liam Moffatt, who was elected to the role at the county convention in Belmullet yesterday (Sunday).
“Our key objective is to build trust in our county board, to connect with all the Mayo GAA family, to communicate effectively and promptly and develop policy for every aspect of Mayo GAA operations. The work begins now,” said Moffatt after being elected to the chair.
O’Leary had been waging a public campaign against Mayo County Board in which he repeatedly raised concerns about its governance, but yesterday apologised for the negativity and bad publicity created over the last few weeks. “I strongly felt that was a price worth paying if we were going to get change at the top table. Some of my concerns/issues about transparency and governance apply not just to Mayo but to the wider GAA community,” he said, adding that he was confident a fresh approach by Liam Moffatt as chairman would offer Mayo GAA the greatest chance of success in the long term and offering Moffatt a place on the board of the Foundation.
O’Leary continued to say that he will now look to take a step back from the limelight and to “focus instead on growing the Foundation and engaging with our unique international diaspora for the better of Mayo GAA.”
“I will be engaging with Liam at the earliest possible opportunity with the aim to come to an amicable agreement on all the key outstanding matters before the season commences. The foundation will also consider offering Liam a place on its board and invite him to become a trustee,” O’Leary added.