The entire Kildare LGFA executive resigned last night, Wednesday, following an emergency general meeting of the board.
Their notice of departure was accepted by the county board, who must now venture to fill the positions and create a new committee en masse.
In a statement on their social media channels, Kildare LGFA said that they “regret and note their appreciation for the hard work carried out by all members”, and that “the county board will immediately seek nominations from clubs for a new executive committee.”
— Kildare LGFA (@KildareLGFA1) February 7, 2024
The entire Kildare LGFA executive resigned, why?
Local radio station Kildare FM Radio, or KFM, have reported that the EGM itself was called between the board and The Lilywhites’ senior county management, amid rumblings of ongoing tension between the two parties.
In an article published on their website, they describe how “there has been tension between the county Board on various issues in recent times and that the current controversy concerns opposing views concerning a funding amount for the senior team.”
They also point out that they understand Kildare's “women’s senior squad were allocated €180 thousand for this year, an increase from 120,000 last year.”
Grace Clifford of Kildare celebrates after her side's victory over Clare in the 2023 TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Championship Final last August.
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It’s understood that in the meantime of an executive board being established, no club games will be scheduled for some time, while the Leinster Council of the LGFA will become involved in an ‘oversight’ roll, while the county senior team continue to fulfil their fixtures.
This all comes in stark contrast to Kildare’s on pitch exploits, with the team winning the intermediate All-Ireland last year, defeating Clare 2-11 to 2-10 in Croke Park after a thrilling second half.
Prior to that they triumphed in the Division 3 league, as well as the Leinster intermediate final.
They’ve also maintained that form so far into this year’s Division 2 league, emerging as victors over Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan so far in 2024.
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With Kildare continuing their strong start to the league, Roisin Byrne remains the leading scorer in the Division, building up a seven point lead from the chasing pack.
That chasing group has Emma Morrissey… pic.twitter.com/MC2MuDWJjQ
— FinalWhistle.ie (@FinalWhistleIE) February 6, 2024