Former Tanaiste Mary Coughlan in running to be next Donegal GAA Chairperson

Former Tánaiste Mary Coughlan has been nominated for chairperson of the Donegal GAA County Board.

Coughlan, who was Tánaiste in the Irish Government from 2008-2011, is currently secretary of her local St Naul’s club.

She is one of six candidates thought to be in the running to succeed outgoing Donegal GAA chair Sean Dunnion, whose five year term is up.

It is understood that she has been nominated by at least one club for the hot seat in Donegal football.

And although Coughlan is a somewhat surprise nomination, some feel that her experience in national and international politics would be just what is needed for the county at the moment.

Coughlan served as a Fianna Fail TD from 1987-2011 and her father Cathal, and uncles Clement and Austin Coughlan were all deeply involved in the GAA.

But she could have strong opposition from experienced GAA officials like Mick McGrath, Grace Boyle, Frankie Doherty, Cieran Kelly and Nial Erskine.

The board’s annual convention takes place in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey on Friday December 8.