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Erne chief lashes out at Facebook

In a straight from the shoulder broadside at last night’s Convention, Fermanagh chairman Peter Carty issued stark warnings that a possible reduction in funding at national level and the impact of social network usage in relation to disciplinary and refereeing issues could have serious implications for the GAA in the county as a whole.

Carty, anxious that Fermanagh’s image should be enhanced in 2011, advised delegates to brace themselves for financial cuts, particularly in the sphere of coaching and games development.

“We may have to face up to the fact that much-needed funding from Croke Park for this could be cut because of the recession. Other counties could also suffer of course but we have to brace ourselves for this challenge,” stated Carty.

And he castigated those who have been resorting to Facebook in order to make their views known on refereeing decisions and disciplinary matters.

“This is an insidious practice and those who use Facebook to have cheap shots at referees or the disciplinary processes have no place in the GAA.

“We can well do without this sort of thing. A lot of people are doing their very best to administer the GAA in the best way possible in Fermanagh and they don’t deserve abuse of this nature,” rapped Carty.

And he appealed to all Erne fans to get behind new senior county football team boss John O’Neill as he commences the difficult role of attempting to take the side out of Division Four of the National League having succeeded Malachy O’Rourke.

“This is certainly not where we want to be but we must face reality. I believe that if we were to get promotion back into Division Three this would help provide the catalyst for a decent championship run,” predicted Carty.

“We have to look at what teams like Sligo and Antrim have achieved — a couple of years ago they were languishing in Division Four but now they are in Division Two. Tere’s encouragement there for us.”

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