SPORT — 07 January 2014

By Damian Dolan.

As the race to become the next President of the GAA gathers pace we speak to nominee Sean Walsh about his aspirations to take over from Liam O’Neill in 2015 and learns why he’d consider revisiting the ‘Seanie Johnston’ rule should he be elected in February.

Why are you running for President?

“I was then nominated for the vacancy of Uachtarán by my county and I was absolutely delighted to accept it. I see it as a natural progression after serving at club, county and provincial level.”

What are the key issues you want to address?

“As president you chair the management committee and central council. They are the two decision making bodies of the association and that’s where it all happens.

While people like to in with ideas and have great plans and visions you have to work within a group when you’re president of the GAA, and I see that as my role – being chairman of that group of people and leading the association, the motions and the ideas that come to management and central council, and seeing their brought to fruition.

It’s through the committee structure that you get to progress your ideas of what you want to do for the association.

For me one of the biggest issues at the moment is where a lot clubs and counties find themselves in dire financial straits. That’s a challenge in itself for any incoming Uachtarán to help advise both clubs and counties that are facing financial and to help them to work with the committees within Croke Park to allow them to function normally.”

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