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Meath County Board seeks "higher GAA body" to review Meath chairman's message to ref

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

08:46 24 Sep 2019


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The Meath county board wants an investigation into the events which led to the resignation of Peter O'Halloran as chairman last Friday.

Drumconrath official O'Halloran is the subject of a complaint made by referee Patrick Neilis over the content of a WhatsApp message O'Halloran sent to Neilis in 2017.

O'Halloran, who was chairman of the county's Competition Controls Committee at the time, asked Neilis to " ride Slane in a month or so" ahead of a Junior club game in Meath.

O'Halloran said in a statement last week that he sent it in the "heat of the moment", adding it was a "bad call" and one that he "deeply regretted"

Neilis said he was shocked by the request and didn't respond initially but then followed it up a few weeks later, on the advice of friends.

O'Halloran and Neilis have confirmed the request was never carried out.

A statement from the Meath County Board last night read:

"The Meath G.A.A. Management Committee have decided tonight that an investigation is necessary into the complaint made against Peter O’Halloran by Patrick Nelis.

It shall now be carried out by a higher G.A.A. authority. We shall make no further comment until this investigation is complete."

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