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Joe Kernan: Let’s pull in same direction for the benefit of our sport

Democracy has by and large prevailed within the GAA virtually since its inception in 1884.

There are accepted tiers of administration within the Association. But of late one particular strand of governance appears to be coming under increasing pressure and this does not bode well for the country’s biggest sporting organisation.

There have been several instances within recent weeks where recommendations and indeed decisions taken by some county executive committees have not only been refuted at full county board meetings but have spawned acrimony among members and delegates.

It is scarcely a coincidence that some of the turmoil centres on the appointment of new managers or perhaps more specifically the reluctance to re-appoint the present incumbent.

Let me make it abundantly clear that club delegates to county board meetings have every right to voice their approval or disapproval of a recommendation to be made or a decision rubber-stamped.

After all, this is the very essence of democracy. But this begs the question — if the views of county executive committee members seem on occasions to be anathema to club delegates, how come there is such a gulf in the line of overall thought?

If there is a lack of trust in county executive members, then they should be replaced. On the other hand, they should be supported in their bid to bring about improvements in any given county.

Any executive body worth its salt only seeks to implement the best structures and nurture the most talented coaches and managers so that the county as a whole can benefit.

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