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Howlin withdrawal clears way for O'Neill

Updated: Monday, 28 Feb 2011 22:03

Liam O'Neill is the only man left in the race for the GAA Presidency
Liam O'Neill is the only man left in the race for the GAA Presidency

It has been confirmed that Liam O’Neill will be the next President of the GAA after the withdrawal of Sheamus Howlin from the race.

O’Neill became the de facto winner of the battle for the Presidency after the withdrawals of Con Hogan, Tom Daly and Howlin.

Howlin was the last man to quit the race and his exit meant that Leinster delegates would not have to choose between O'Neill and Wexford-man Howlin at Congress on 16 April.

Laois Native O'Neill has welcomed the fact there will be no Leinster split at Congress over the issue.

O'Neill told the Evening Herald: 'I am grateful that Sheamus Howlin decided to stand aside and avoid a situation where Leinster would have been divided.

'I'm delighted to be the only name going forward, and not to have to go through the six weeks of worry and concern that is involved in an election.'

He added: 'It's a very unusual situation -- it has never happened before. I'm delighted to be the only name going forward, and not to have to go through the six weeks of worry and concern that is involved in an election.'

O'Neill will spend one year as President-elect before fully taking over from Christy Cooney and beginning a three-year term in April 2012.

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