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Meath to ask 'higher GAA authority' to investigate complaint by ref against ex-chairman

Peter O’Halloran stepped down as county chairman last Friday night.

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THE MEATH COUNTY BOARD have decided to seek ‘a higher GAA authority’ to look closer into the complaint made by referee Patrick Neilis against former county board chairman Peter O’Halloran.

The complaint relates to what O’Halloran described as ‘a communication with a referee’ over two years ago.

The Irish Independent have this morning reported that the WhatsApp message from O’Halloran, then chairman of the county’s CCC, said to Neilis that he would be sending him ‘to ride Slane in a month or so’. The two parties involved have stated the request was never carried out.

It was announced last Friday night that O’Halloran had decided to step down from his post as Meath chairman. In his statement then O’Halloran said he had sent it ‘in the heat of the moment’.

Last night Meath GAA released another statement on the issue.

“The Meath GAA management committee have decided tonight that an investigation is necessary into the complaint made against Peter O’Halloran by Patrick Nelis.

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“It shall now be carried out by a higher GAA authority. We shall make no further comment until this investigation is complete.”

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