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How the plan would work

Published 31/03/2011 | 05:00

1 The four provincial councils, plus Central Council, would allocate €1.6m per annum (50pc from the provinces, 50pc from Croke Park) for the next five years to a special fund to be used to encourage businesses to hire unemployed GAA club players.

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2 It would, in effect, be a subsidy to encourage employers to take on out-of-work GAA club players. A sum of €4,000 (paid in two instalments after six and 12 months) would be paid to the employer. If fully subscribed, it would take 400 players off the dole for a year.

3 The scheme would apply to 400 different players in each of the five years.

4 The €1.6m fund would be paid from monies which, in previous years, were allocated to building and facility development in clubs. That would continue on a scaled-down basis in line with the reduction in facility development being undertaken by most clubs since the arrival of the recession.

5 The scheme, confined to club players only, would be administered by the provincial councils with assistance from Croke Park as required. No administration costs would apply, leaving the entire €1.6m per annum to go to the participating businesses/players.

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