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GAA is to tighten up managers’ cash rules

By John Campbell

The GAA Management Committee is to engage external expertise to assist in developing procedures that will help to fully implement guidelines in relation to the payment of managers’ expenses.

This follows a meeting at which submissions from all 32 counties on Director General Paraic Duffy’s discussion document ‘The GAA Amateur Status and Payments to Managers’ were considered.

All Ulster counties came down in favour of having the present policy, whereby managers at club or county level are only entitled to mileage allowances, implemented properly as opposed to other options put forward by Duffy.

The problem for the Association has been implementing the policy and it is felt that additional expertise is required to deal with what GAA President Christy Cooney has refereed to as “a cancer” within the sport.

On completion of this work it is expected that a new policy will be endorsed in relation to overseeing managers’ payments.

The GAA has been forced to grasp the payments nettle because of vast anecdotal evidence which would suggest that under-the-counter payments are rife.

One prominent Ulster official said: “It is good to see that the Management Committee is trying to take action on this issue but implementing strict control of managers’ payments will be very difficult.”

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