Donegal County Council is set to write to the FAI seeking the full return of Intermediate football in the county.
The move was agreed at yesterday’s plenary council meeting following a motion from Letterkenny councillor Donal Coyle.
Cllr Coyle said that Donegal clubs are suffering from the loss of the intermediate tier.
“In 1986 the Ulster Senior League was formed to provide intermediate football not alone in Donegal but also in Cavan and Monaghan. It also included Derry City,” Cllr Coyle said.
“Unfortunately over the years, teams left the league for various reasons.”
He said that intermediate USL provided a link between junior football and senior teams in the northwest.
“I think to lose that tier of football in a county that is traditionally very much a soccer county, is a big loss. It provided a standard of football,” he said.
“When you think of the fact that teams that did well in the intermediate got an opportunity to play in the senior cup, for example, on Saturday, Cockhill played Bray Wanderers and that was great for the Cockhill supporters to see a team from the Senior Division coming to play in a cup game.
“My own club Bonagee played Shelbourne last year on another great occasion.”
Cllr Coyle’s motion was adopted, and the council will now write to the Football Association of Ireland to seek a meeting to highlight the huge loss that Intermediate Football is to the county and the North West and to explore pathways for the return of this tier of football to the region.