Meath county board chairman Peter O'Halloran has resigned on Friday night over what he described as an "error of judgement" dating back to 2017. 

O'Halloran, who was elected to the position in December 2017, referred to an incident with a local referee.

He described his communication with the referee as a "bad call made in the heat of the moment" which was "never acted upon".

O'Halloran stressed that the incident occurred some months before he was elected as county board chairman but he has seen fit to resign over it this evening. 

Here is his complete statement released on Friday night. 

"Throughout my 20-year involvement with Meath GAA (through juvenile, minor and adult boards), I have always worked for what was best for GAA in this great County.

"With the support of many great Gaels, we feel we have made strides to steer Meath back to what the GAA people in this county and the GAA public in general know and feel where Meath should stand.

"Some of you will be aware that I made an error of judgement some two and a half years ago, before I was Chairman, in a communication with a referee. 

"I ask that all work together to ensure the steps taken so far will help lead to future success on both football and hurling playing fields"

"It was a bad call on my behalf that was carried out in the heat of the moment, but was never acted upon, and is an incident that I deeply regret.

"In the interests of Meath GAA, and with a very heavy heart, I have tonight taken the decision to step down, with immediate effect, as Cathlaoirleach of Coiste na Mi.

"I would like to thank all those in Meath GAA who have helped me over the past two decades, and I would urge all to row in behind Coiste na Mi to ensure the upward trend in this County continues.

"I ask that all work together to ensure the steps taken so far will help lead to future success on both football and hurling playing fields. 

"That we drive on our House Draw to ensure the project that is Pairc Tailteann will be a success and that the changes finally made to our Adult Competition structures under my tenure will help achieve the goals that we strive for.

"I will be making no further comment in relation to this matter."