NOEL O’Sullivan is the new chairman of London County Board.
The St Kiernan’s clubman got 64 votes from delegates at Sunday’s London County Convention. He out-polled Larry O’Leary of Cu Chullains (24 votes) and St Gabriels’ Tom Conneely, who received five votes.
O’Sullivan thanked delegates who voted for him and pledged to win the trust of those who didn’t.
“There’s tremendous challenges ahead of us,” said the Kerryman. “If we work together, in unity, we can achieve our goals.”
Outgoing chairman Tommy Harrell exited the stage in fighting form. He began his address by saying: “In life you can be negative or positive. I have been described as a total disgrace by John Lacey, a liar by Noel Dunning, subject to fraud and a criminal investigation by Con Dee. And if you sum up those three items you would say a very poor leader.”
Harrell added: “But I ask myself the question, what is leadership about? Leadership boils down to people and nobody can be successful alone. You cannot be a great leader without great people to lead. I’ve been fortunate to work with some great people, but there are a number of people sitting in front of me and in this room who have been deliberately obstructive to me and the workings of the London County Board.
“Hypocrisy is a word I don’t use lightly. But there are people out there, they preach unity and then when they get the opportunity they put the knife into your back. Events like that have got to cease.”
Meanwhile, treasurer Donal Corbett revealed that the cost of running the county football and hurling teams was up by £35,000 on the 2010. An extra six weeks of activity for the footballers on the previous season plus the hurlers’ successful run the Nicky Rackard Cup final were the reasons for the extra costs.