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WICKLOW LEAGUE TAKES LEGAL ADVICE AS INTERNAL INVESTIGATION CONTINUES OVER MISSING FUNDS

By PAUL DOWLING & EAMON SCOTT

CONCERNS that the company which oversees the running of the Wicklow District League could be struck off the Companies Registration has been confirmed by league chairman Michael Conlon to Strikeronline.

Rumours in the Garden County suggest that up to €20,000 has gone missing from the company that runs the 39-team amateur league over four divisions.

Conlon, who is not suspected of any wrongdoing, admitted that the league is currently addressing the matter through appropriate legal channels and until the process is completed, the league would not be making any further comment. 

Wicklow League Chairman Michael Conlon

The league has four divisions covering adult grassroots soccer in the county and Michael Conlon, on behalf of the league, has sought the assistance of the Football Association of Ireland in addressing the matter.  

The company that runs the WDL faces being struck off by the Companies Registration Office over the non-filing of accounts that were due on October 31 last year. To re-register with the CRO could cost the league an additional €10,000.  

An individual with access to league records going back over the past two playing seasons is  allegedly said not to be co-operating directly with the league.

The Wicklow District League is scheduled to host a meeting of its 22 registered clubs in the Parkview Hotel in Newtown on Monday evening when they will be updated on developments although chairman Conlon has indicated that because of the legal nature of the process, he is limited in what he can divulge.

The league AGM was held in June but no financial records were filed. An EGM was scheduled to be held on Wednesday August 14 but that event has been cancelled twice since.

Contact with the individual in question is now being made solicitor to solicitor.  

At the AGM chairman Michael Conlon made an impassioned plea to clubs to help the Executive which currently has just four people serving at the top table.

 “Unless we get more people involved, and coming on board with the committee, we can’t function going forward” he told the floor.

 “The Executive will always remain impartial. That does not stop people getting involved.”

With 15 of the 22 members present at the AGM, the motion to elect people for clubs onto the Executive to be discussed at the EGM was passed.

As a result of the ongoing legal investigation, it means the WDL season is being held up. Traditionally, it would have started this weekend. No formations have been made and tomorrow night’s gathering in Newtown should help address this issue.

Just hours after the AGM, the person in question emailed the Chairman to say he was stepping down after the EGM.

Since then, the Wicklow League have been unable to obtain any records including access to accounts as both the League laptop and passwords to a computer in the League offices in Bray is currently unavailable. 

To facilitate the EGM, the current Executive Committee  were elected en bloc until the EGM when a new Executive Committee will be voted upon by clubs.

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