Former Meath boss Eamonn Barry was handed an eight week ban in somewhat bizarre circumstances from the Meath management committee. The ban for Barry, who acts as a coaching and games officer for the county, comes about after an incident at a board meeting on Wednesday 4th of May.
According to the Meath Chronicle, Barry attempted to propose an amendment to proposals which ratified under-age coaching appointments - but was prevented by chairman Conor Tormey. It would appear that Barry, in a move akin to some 19th century pamphleteering, approached delegates at the meeting with a letter that was evidently not going to go down too well with those at the top table.
Barry opposed the appointments of the coaches to the u14 and u16 teams on the grounds that they hadn't followed proper procedure and the process was contrary to the stipulated rules and regulations.
Barry failed to garner any support, and Tormey went as far as confiscating 'offending literature' that the coaching officer had been passing out to delegates, remarking that 'the contents of a letter handed out by a certain individual will not be discussed'.
The proposal to ban Barry will be put before the Meath board at the next meeting in early June. It's expected that Barry will appeal the decision to the Leinster council if it is ratified.
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