Pat McEnaney appointed to new GAA referees role

Liam O'Neill took over the GAA presidency from Christy Cooney earlier this month

New GAA president Liam O'Neill has appointed Pat McEnaney as the chairman of the National Referees Committee.

Monaghan man McEnaney has been regarded as one of the top gaelic football referees for two decades.

"We didn't pick Pat McEnaney by accident. He is somebody who has a huge record in refereeing," said O'Neill.

"We'll be looking at ways of recruiting new referees and training and equipping them and maybe categorising the rules for them so it is easier to referee."

O'Neill added:"Similarly Dickie (Murphy) always had a similar attitude to refereeing and the fact that he is on the referees appointments committee gives huge experience as well."

Aidan Shiels, Kevin Walsh, Michael Monaghan, Tiernach Mahon, Willie Barrett, Gerry Kinneavy, Mick McGrath and Pat Doherty are the other members of the referees body.

Other appointments include Ulster Council Chairman Tom Daly being handed the chairman of international operations role.

Offaly's All-Ireland winning manager in 1982 Eugene McGee is set to be appointed chairman of a football review committee, which will be established in the coming months.

Laois native O'Neill revealed the bulk of his committees on Saturday in Dublin.

"We have 32 committees, with 19 who are Chairpersons who have never been Chairpersons before," said the new GAA president.

"By the time all committees are established we will have 40 females on our committees - a bigger number than ever before.

"I said I would bring in new people, younger people, fresher people and I always knew that when you do that you automatically bring in females.