Friday 30 September 2016

Uncertainty surrounds future of GAA players grant scheme

Published 24/03/2016 | 02:30

The GPA, led by CEO Dessie Farrell, are monitoring the situation. Photo: Sportsfile
The GPA, led by CEO Dessie Farrell, are monitoring the situation. Photo: Sportsfile

Uncertainty surrounds the future of the GAA players grant scheme with the final tranche of payments under the current agreement due to be paid out next week.

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Negotiations for a new arrangement were understood to have been at an advanced stage prior to the general election but were not been concluded in time.

And with no administration installed in Leinster House, there is uncertainty as to where the scheme will go from here.

The grants programme has been in place since an agreement was reached in 2007, with the first payments being made the following year.

At their peak, players could receive anywhere between €900 and €2,500 depending on how far their team progressed in the championship. However, the scheme was cut a number of times in the recession with the latest round of payments expected to be worth somewhere between €350-€700 to inter-county players.

The latest deal was expected to include a significant hike in payments from the government to the players but that has now stalled.

The GPA, led by CEO Dessie Farrell, are monitoring the situation but the delay comes as they prepare to engage in fresh talks with the GAA about a new long-term deal in the next fortnight.

Irish Independent

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