In the week that Minister for Sport Patrick O’Donovan indicated that he wants to introduce a new measure requiring sports bodies to have a 30% gender quota in administration to secure Government funding, Brid McGoldrick (Killoe Emmet Og) certainly proved that women don’t necessarily need quotas to help them climb up the administrative ladder.
Bríd, who has been instrumental in implementing the 20/20 Vision for Longford GAA Development Plan, defeated John Bannon (Legan Sarsfields) by 45 votes to 39 in a head-to-head contest for the position of Longford GAA County Board Vice Chairperson at last Thursday’s annual convention in The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule.
And speaking on The Last Word show with Matt Cooper on Today FM on Friday evening, Bríd emphasised that she wouldn’t be happy to accept a position on the basis of gender and stressed it should be the best person for the job that should get that job. She went as far as suggesting that gender quotas do ladies in the GAA a disservice.
Following her success, Bríd said it was a great privilege for herself, her family and her club to be elected and she vowed to continue to work on the 20/20 Vision plan.