The Laois County Board for 2020 has been confirmed following tonight’s Convention in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Chairman Peter O’Neill was returned for a third year unopposed following the withdrawal of Kieran Leavy while so too was Vice-Chairman Tom Clear.
It was a similar story for Treasurer Martin Byrne, Central Council Delegate Gerry Kavanagh and Coaching Officer Fergal Byron.
But there were some changes to the top table as two long-serving members stepped down completely.
Pat O’Sullivan stepped down from his position as Public Relations Officer with his place on the county board going to Graiguecullen’s Paul Dargan who was elected without a vote as the only nominee.
Tom Jones’ stint as Leinster Council Delegate has come to an end and with that he has brought his almost 35 years of service to a close.
Paschal McEvoy’s term as Leinster delegate is also over but he stepped into the role of assistant treasurer unopposed following the withdrawal of Canice McCarthy.
Richie Kennedy of Abbeyleix is the new Leinster Council Delegate after he and former Development Officer PJ Kelly we’re elected without a vote after Borris-Kilcotton’s John Kealy withdrew.
Kelly’s Development Officer role has been given to the third newcomer to the County Board – O’Dempsey’s Ger Slevin who was appointed by chairman Peter O’Neill.
Meanwhile, an administrative error by Castletown GAA meant that Monica Delaney was not nominated to continue her role as Irish Officer in error.
It was agreed at the most recent County Committee meeting that that position be filled in January to allow her and anyone else who wishes to fill the role to reapply.
Four people then contested the three spots available for Congress – Martin Byrne, Tom Clear, Tom Jones and PJ Kelly.
Martin Byrne (120 votes), PJ Kelly (106 votes) and Tom Jones (100 votes) were elected.
Full County Board List for 2020:
Cathaoirleach (Chairperson): Peter O’Neill
Leas Cathaoirleach (Vice Chairperson): Tom Clear
Cisteoir (Treasurer): Martin Byrne
Leas Cisteoir (Asst. Treasurer): Paschal McEvoy
Ard Comhairle (Central Council Delegate): Gerry Kavanagh
Comhairle Laighean (Leinster Council Delegate) (2): PJ Kelly and Richie Kennedy
Oifigeach Forbartha (Development Officer): Ger Slevin
Oifigeach Oiliúna (Coaching Officer): Fergal Byron
Oifigeach Cultir agus Gaeilge (Cultural and Irish Officer): TBC
Oifigeach Caidrimh Poiblí (P.R.O.): Paul Dargan
Congress Delegates (5): Cathaoirleach agus Runaí automatically attend; Martin Byrne, PJ Kelly and Tom Jones
Leinster Convention Delegates (5): Brian Allen, Tom Clear, Monica Delaney, Gerry Kavanagh, Pat O’Sullivan.