Skelly contemplates GAA President role

Chairman of the Leinster Council and GAA Vice-President Martin Skelly from Newtowncashel has given his strongest indication yet that he is considering running for the presidency of the GAA.

Chairman of the Leinster Council and GAA Vice-President Martin Skelly from Newtowncashel has given his strongest indication yet that he is considering running for the presidency of the GAA.

“It certainly would be something that I would give serious consideration too, and I have been approached by a number of people to run,” said Mr Skelly whose chairmanship of the Leinster Council ends next year – the same time the new president takes office.

“The annual congress takes place in two weeks’ time, March 25 and I will have my decision made by then.

“I need to speak first with my family, club and the county board in relation to the matter.”

The scenario was revelaed on Shannonside’s Joe Finnegan Show last Monday morning when the chat show host asked Mr Skelly if he would seek the nomination for the GAA President’s position. Mr Skelly indicated that he would consider it.

Speaking to the Leader on Monday, Mr Skelly went on to say:

“For many it would seem like the natural progression because of the fact that I am the current vice-president,.

“The GAA is something that I hold very dear to my heart and it is a position that I would dearly love.”

Asked if he would be put off the idea because of the fact that the current president is also from Leinster, Skelly replied, “no”.

“It is not unheard of to have successive presidents from the same provience,” he said. “If I was to run, I would be seeking the support of the Leinster Council and the overseas contacts that I have made in Asia, Europe and Australia. It is very likely at this stage that a candidate will be run from Munster and Ulster, so we will have to see. At the moment it is me who has to make the decision about running and I know that the right person will be chosen for the job.”