Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

GAA boss warned to address cash crisis

GAA President, Christy Cooney has been urged to spend the final 14 months of his Presidency bringing team — and other costs — under control to avoid leaving the Association exposed to bankruptcy over the next five years.

Former Dublin and Offaly football manager, Tommy Lyons said he was astonished to learn that over £19 million had gone on preparing inter-county teams last year and believes that it's now time to place a ceiling on how much a County Board can spend in that area.

Reacting to last Saturday's analysis of county team costs in 2010, Lyons said he was astonished to read that counties were continuing to spend so heavily in the much-changed economic climate.

“If team costs aren't curbed they'll end up bankrupting the GAA,” he said.

“There's plenty talk about how much managers are costing but even in counties where they are being paid, it's Mickey-Mouse mouse money by comparison with overall costs.”

Despite the dramatic decline in economic out-turn last year, team cost were down less than four per cent on 2009.

Cork topped the expenditure on £1.57 million, followed by Tipperary (£1.23 million), Dublin (£1.21 million) and Kerry (£1.13 million).

Sixteen counties beat the £500,000 mark while the lowest spenders were Leitrim (£291,000) and neighbours, Sligo (£305,000).

“Christy Cooney should devote the final year of his Presidency to addressing the spending issue,” said Lyons.

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