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

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

8:46 AM - 24 Sep 2019



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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