The IFA has announced that no valid nominations have been received from Connacht today, after its deadline for nominations closed.

Five nominations were put forward by the five counties in Connacht, but none had a backing signature – as there were no counties in a position to offer a signature to any candidate.

Under IFA rules, any candidate seeking nomination for the role of Connacht IFA Chairman must have the support of their own county and the signature of another.

Now, IFA National Returning Officer Jer Bergin has announced that no candidate has been validly nominated for the position of Connacht Regional Chairman at the close of nominations today (Friday).

He said the National Rules Committee will meet next week to discuss the situation.

This week, Sligo IFA nominated Eddie Davitt the former County Chairman, while Padraic Joyce was nominated by the Mayo IFA county executive held in Castlebar.

Meanwhile, at the Leitrim County executive meeting held in the Bush Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon, Des McHugh from Ballinamore was nominated by the county.

At the Galway and Roscommon county executives held earlier this week, each county nominated a candidate to go forward for the Connacht IFA job.

Tom Turley, the incumbent, was backed by Galway and John O’Beirne was backed by Roscommon.