Changes due at Kil­lar­ney Golf and Fish­ing Club af­ter heated AGM

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By SINEAD KELLE­HER

SIG­NIF­I­CANT changes are to be put into place at one of the coun­try’s most fa­mous golf clubs fol­low­ing a heated AGM on Mon­day night.

Chair­man of the Man­age­ment Coun­cil at Kil­lar­ney Golf and Fish­ing Club, Mike Daly has re­signed from his po­si­tion at the club. A no­tice of no con­fi­dence was on the agenda at the AGM but was not moved as Mr Daly had re­signed.

More than 350 mem­bers at­tended the AGM of Kil­lar­ney Golf and Fish­ing Club on Mon­day night at the club head­quar­ters, in Fossa. The club hosted the Ir­ish Open four times and wel­comes thou­sands of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional golfers ever year.

In recent months there has been con­cern among some mem­bers about the run­ning of the club, in par­tic­u­lar over the lack of in­for­ma­tion from a com­mis­sioned Deloitte re­port. They had called for a spe­cial gen­eral meet­ing but this was re­fused be­cause of the con­trac­tual agree­ment be­tween Deloitte and the man­age­ment coun­cil.

Fol­low­ing Mon­day’s night AGM, a number of changes are to be made at the club in­clud­ing the ap­point­ment of an in­de­pen­dent fa­cil­i­ta­tor to run the agenda at man­age­ment coun­cil meet­ings for the club. This per­son will now be sought and will act as in­ter­me­di­ary be­tween the man­age­ment coun­cil (board) and the ex­ec­u­tive.

A number of changes are also to be made to the con­sti­tu­tion in re­la­tion to var­i­ous roles. Elec­tions to the man­age­ment coun­cil have been post­poned fol­low­ing the AGM to al­low other is­sues of con­cern to be dealt with.

THE chair­man of the man­age­ment coun­cil of Kil­lar­ney Golf and Fish­ing Club, Mike Daly has stepped down. A mo­tion of no con­fi­dence had been on the agenda at Mon­day night’s AGM call­ing for him to step down im­me­di­ately.

How­ever, the mo­tion was not moved as Mr Daly re­signed from the po­si­tion. He did not wish to com­ment when con­tacted by The Ker­ry­man this week.

More than 350 mem­bers at­tended the AGM on Mon­day night which was held at Kil­lar­ney Golf and Fish­ing Club. A mo­tion was car­ried at the AGM seek­ing the en­gage­ment of an in­de­pen­dent fa­cil­i­ta­tor to run the agenda at man­age­ment coun­cil meet­ings for the club. This per­son will now be sought and will act as an in­ter­me­di­ary be­tween the man­age­ment coun­cil (board) and the ex­ec­u­tive.

A number of changes are also to be made to the con­sti­tu­tion re­gard­ing var­i­ous roles. Elec­tions to the man­age­ment coun­cil have been post­poned fol­low­ing the AGM on Mon­day to al­low other is­sues of con­cern to be dealt with and these will be held at a later date.

There have been con­cerns in the club in recent months over the con­tent of a Deloitte re­port un­der­taken by the man­age­ment coun­cil and which was not shared with club mem­bers.

The man­age­ment coun­cil had stated that it could not re­lease this in­for­ma­tion due to a con­trac­tual agree­ment with Deloitte and con­firmed by Deloitte.

Mem­bers had called for a spe­cial gen­eral meet­ing to dis­cuss the re­port. A pe­ti­tion was signed by 50 mem­bers of the 1,700 mem­bers to this ef­fect. This was re­fused in a let­ter to mem­bers from the man­age­ment coun­cil be­cause Deloitte stated that the re­port was con­ducted for the man­age­ment coun­cil only. This is­sue was also raised at the AGM and is still a mat­ter of dis­cus­sion.

Con­cerns were raised about the fi­nan­cial fu­ture of the club in an ac­tion plan, drawn up on foot of the Deloitte re­port, and seen by The Ker­ry­man.

A man­age­ment coun­cil let­ter to mem­bers last month also stated that the “club’s fi­nan­cial vi­a­bil­ity and sta­bil­ity” were key con­cerns that led to the en­gage­ment of Deloitte and that con­sid­er­able steps still need to be taken to se­cure its fu­ture.

The ac­tion plan, pro­vided to mem­bers last month, says that the man­age­ment coun­cil needs to be more fo­cused fi­nan­cially. The man­age­ment coun­cil stated that green fees are a mat­ter for the gen­eral man­ager but that it is con­scious of the fi­nan­cial po­si­tion of the club and look­ing to en­sure it’s com­mer­cial vi­a­bil­ity.

Is­sues over com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the man­age­ment coun­cil and gen­eral man­ager of the club have also been raised in the plan. The Ker­ry­man un­der­stands that is­sues be­tween the man­age­ment coun­cil and the gen­eral man­ager are in the hands of le­gal pro­fes­sion­als. Other con­cerns raised in the ac­tion plan in­clude con­fi­den­tial­ity and staff con­cerns, as well as con­cerns over the con­tract to the club’s golf pro­fes­sional, Dave Keat­ing, whose con­tract ter­mi­nated ear­lier this year. A new con­tract was of­fered to Mr Keat­ing but no agree­ment was reached. Out­side con­trac­tors are now to run fa­cil­i­ties at the club in­clud­ing the pro shop which was run by Mr Keat­ing.

The Ker­ry­man at­tempted to con­tact Kil­lar­ney Golf and Fish­ing Club for com­ment but at the time of go­ing to print had not re­ceived a re­sponse.

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