The nett result after a record-long AGM – almost 6½ hours – was…well, not much change at all really.
The elections were mainly uncontested. Pete Morriss takes over from the ousted Colm Daly as Vice-Chairman, Bernard Palmer defeated the absent Noel Keating for Membership Officer, while Colm Daly and Gerry Graham both went for the vacant Tournament Controller role, with Gerry Graham getting the nod. Éamon Keogh replaces the absent Kevin O’Connell as FIDE delegate. Jonathan O’Connor (Chairman), Kevin O’Flaherty (secretary), Úna O’Boyle (PRO), Mark Orr (ratings officer), Darko Polimac (Junior Officer) and Noel Keating (treasurer) were all elected unopposed.
The officer reports caused little (relevant!) comment. The absence of a Treasurer’s Report and the absence of audited accounts was noted, and it was proposed to hold an EGM as soon as possible to rectify this omission.
With the meeting continually being dragged off on tangents and descending into some seemingly scurrilous accusations, it was 6:30pm when we got onto the first of the 29 motions. After 40 minutes’ “debate”, the three motions of no confidence in the Chairman (and, for some reason, the Secretary) were all defeated by healthy margins. Similarly, the final motion on the list, and of the night, was voted out on grounds of irrelevance to the AGM.
The motions on mandatory minimum penalties for cheating were replaced instead by the establishment of a sub-committee to look into the matter and report to the members for their input by 1 December, with implementation for shortly after the new year; the logic being that there wasn’t enough time at the AGM to properly look into such a serious issue.
Many of the remaining motions were withdrawn, either in advance of the meeting or during the meeting as it ran way past when the room was booked until (7pm!) About the only amendment of note was that, to be eligible for the Women’s Olympiad team from 2016, players will now need to have played at least 18 rated games in the previous two years, of which at least 12 must be in Ireland.
And after all that, it’s definitely time to get back to the board!