IN AN unprecedented step, there will be no media presence at Sunday’s Donegal county convention after members of the local media declined an invite to attend.
The local media has refused to agree to a condition on the invite that would allow the Chairman, Sean Dunnion, to call discussion on an item ‘in camera’ at any time, even in retrospect.
Earlier this morning, the County Board issued the following statement…
An Coiste Bainistíochta of CLG Dhún na nGall wish to clarify that County Convention is a private meeting not a public meeting. Therefore, it reserves the right to extend an invitation to the press only if it so desires.
Conditions were agreed at a meeting of An Coiste Bainistíochta on June 17th with regard to attendance at County Committee meetings, reaffirmed on December 4th for County Convention but unfortunately these conditions are not acceptable to the local media.
We feel that we must express our extreme disappointment at the content of various online reports, comments by some press reporters on social media sites and articles that have appeared in the written press in recent days regarding our decision. We are also disappointed that it appears that
you (i.e. the press) have taken the definition of retrospective to the extreme. CLG Dhún na nGall and the local press always had a good-working mutually beneficial relationship with regard to GAA affairs in the county and its most unfortunate that you haven’t accepted the condition in the spirit it was intended.