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McQuillan leaves Monaghan set-up with broadside at colleagues

By John Campbell

As Fermanagh chairman Peter Carty prepares to step down after a turbulent year and Antrim secretary Frankie Quinn launches attacks on several fronts, the pressure under which some administrators find themselves has been brought into sharper focus.

As Fermanagh chairman Peter Carty prepares to step down after a turbulent year and Antrim secretary Frankie Quinn launches attacks on several fronts, the pressure under which some administrators find themselves has been brought into sharper focus.

A matter of hours before last night’s Monaghan Convention, PRO Siobhan McQuillan dramatically withdrew from seeking re-election citing that “the conduct of others serving on the county board leaves a lot to be desired.”

McQuillan’s unexpected exit has caused shock waves not just in Monaghan but in Ulster as a whole where practically all county board officers currently find themselves battling against an ever-increasing workload as well as the effects of the recession and what one administrator described as “the scourge of emigration.”

McQuillan explained: “The vast enjoyment I had always felt from my involvement has evaporated.

“The County Management Committee is no longer an enjoyable place to be.”

While it has been known that there have been some personality clashes in Monaghan, the manner of McQuillan’s departure from office has clearly stunned county chairman Paul Curran and other top officials.

Some Monaghan board members have privately expressed reservations about aspects of GAA in the county but then it could be said that this is applicable to other Ulster counties as well.

It is understood that the matter was aired at last night’s Convention and that a response may yet be made to McQuillan’s statement.

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