Mayo PRO fires parting shot at officers

December 03, 2008
Outgoing Mayo PRO Noelle Horan has launched an astonishing attack on her fellow county board officers. Addressing last Monday's county convention in Claremorris, Horan - who failed to receive a nomination to contest the position she held for the past three years - claimed "if you do not know your place or toe the party line, there is simply no place for you" in the county board. The Ballintubber club member had clashed with secretary Sean Feeney and chairman James Waldron at the last county board meeting over the ending of her access to the county team's dressing room. But her criticism of the county board executive was even more scathing on this occasion. She said she was 'most surprised' when reading the secretary's report to convention in last week's local newspapers. "He may 'cringe' when reading interviews with our county players and criticise their lack of team work, but An Runaí, have you never heard that those in glass houses should not throw stones?" she asked. "It has never been my intention nor I have knowingly embarrassed any of our county players by my presence (in the dressing room)," she added. "It is very regrettable that our Cathaoirleach has chosen to use our players to achieve his aims." She added that she been 'constructively prevented' from performing the duties of her position, had been 'repeatedly undermined', 'granted authorisation for expenditure at a meeting (only) to have that countermanded in private', 'refused a budget' for her position, and been 'isolated and singled out for special treatment by a select few'. She criticised the 'inaction' of people who 'were aware of this juvenile behaviour, yet did nothing or took some perverse pleasure from it'. She urged clubs to 'retake control of our county board' and asked if clubs were 'honestly happy' with the manner in which it was run. She further claimed that the board was guilty of a 'lack of transparency' and that 'decisions are made by a few for the majority'. Claremorris chairman Kieran Finn supported Ms Horan and said the county board 'can't afford to lose people of her calibre'. He was applauded by many delegates but Sean Feeney told the convention: "There are a lot of things I could say too, but I'll withhold my fire. There are two sides to every story."

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