Frank Murphy will stay for one more year

Frank Murphy will stay for one more year
Secretary of the Cork County Board Frank Murphy. Pic: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

CORK County Board secretary Frank Murphy has been given a one-year extension in his role, but his namesake Pearse, who has been treasurer since 1997, has decided to step down.

At last night’s board meeting in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, a proposal from the executive of the board to extend Frank Murphy’s term was passed without a vote.

In June 2018, applications will be sought for a replacement as the position will be advertised.

It is expected that Croke Park officials will be involved in the recruitment process, which would allow Cork to avail of a €30,000 grant towards the secretary’s salary.

At the September board meeting, Freemount delegate John O’Flynn asked that the framework for the appointment of a new secretary be circulated to clubs in advance. However, the agenda for last night’s meeting only included a reference to ‘staffing matters’, with the media asked to leave the meeting when it came up for discussion.

Two key reasons are believed to be behind the executive’s recommendation that Frank Murphy – secretary since 1973 – be retained. Having been given an extension in 2012 to oversee the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, it was felt he should remain while works are still to be completed. And the fact that Pearse Murphy is to step down as treasurer was a factor, as having a new secretary and treasurer at the same time would lead to a lack of experience.

Diarmuid O’Donovan, appointed board administrator in 2012 to take on many of the day-to-day duties of the secretary, also had his contract extended by a year. While a number of delegates spoke against the staffing proposal, many spoke in favour, and the issue was declared passed without a vote being taken.

The announcement that Pearse Murphy will not continue as treasurer came as a surprise. The Adrigole clubman has been in that position since 1997. Board development officer Richard Murphy is also stepping down from that role as he will seek election as vice-chairman at the county convention.

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