The Louth Minor Board have called on County Chairman Padraic O’Connor to explain why there will be no Minor Board Convention this year and why the previously elected minor board will now be replaced by a hand picked sub committee.
Following a specially convened meeting of the Louth Minor Football Board, sixty eight delegates from twenty five clubs in the county unanimously agreed for the action to take place.
According to a press release from the Minor Board, the delegates in attendance were sceptical that this was being done on advice from Croke Park.
Mr Brendan Carthy, Chairman, said he couldn’t see any reason why the Minor Board couldn’t have a convention and he wants to know why, when and how this decision was taken in Louth.
Mr Carthy also outlined the work undertaken by the Board and the progress made over the past number of years in delivering the objectives set out in the Strategic Vision and Action Plan 2010 – 2015 .
The Minor Board Chairman also said that nobody was against change when it was for the good of under age football but if there was to be a change in the structure of the Louth Minor Football Board it must be properly introduced.
P.J.Geraghty, PRO, said the Louth Minor Football Board had the same status as the Galway Hurling and Football Boards and many other such boards and divisional sub committees in many counties formed under Rule 3.21 of the official Guide.
It has its own CCC and can convene meetings of club delegates.
Mr Geraghty also said that up to thirteen sub committees such as Management, Coaching and Games, Cultural, Finance and Public Relations/Marketing are appointed under Rule 3.22.
The Bye Laws in Louth also underline such differences as the Minor Football Board is defined under Bye Law 8 (i) and the Sub Committees under Bye Law 4.
The press release finished by stating that any change to the constitution of the Louth Minor Football Board can only come about by changing Bye Law 8 (i) and this can only be changed at the Annual Convention of the County Committee on a two thirds majority vote. The authority to change is with the clubs and the clubs only.
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