The long running dispute between Mayo GAA and the International Supporter’s Foundation came to an end last night.
As part of an agreement Tim O'Leary has dropped a lawsuit against Mayo County Board, in which he sought the return of a €150,000 donation, after receiving assurances on financial reforms.
The Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation, which O'Leary chairs, is also set to release €250,000 it was withholding due to concerns over governance issues.
The breakthrough came after behind-the-scenes talks between O'Leary and Moffatt, who was appointed last month. GAA director general Tom Ryan was also involved.
Mr. Liam Moffatt, Chairman of Mayo GAA said “We are delighted to have reached an agreement and I would like to thank Mr. O’Leary and Mr. Terry Gallagher, Foundation Trustee, in bringing this dispute to an end.
I fully accept that Mr. O’Leary’s motivation, as indeed all parties motivation, from the outset was to assist Mayo GAA and it is regrettable that relationships between Mayo GAA and The Foundation deteriorated over governance concerns.
We have outlined the financial reforms that are taking place within Mayo GAA and I have offered Mr. O’Leary and his family an apology for any inappropriate and personal remarks towards him, an apology which Mr. O’Leary has accepted.”
Mr. O’Leary confirmed that he has now terminated the legal case against Mayo GAA and the named Officers.
Mr. O’ Leary said, “I’m very happy that a resolution has been reached and that the Foundation money can now be released to Mayo GAA in accordance with the April 9th, 2019 email.
Mr. O’Leary also apologised for some of his own his own behaviours during the dispute.
Mr. O’Leary concluded “I’m most grateful to the many donors who have supported the Foundation and delighted to see that their donations are going to be used to help fund the development of the Academy which is so important to the future development of Mayo teams”.