Leinster chief cries foul over Galway complaints
Leinster officials are "surprised and disappointed" by Galway's claims that they are being unfairly treated by their eastern hosts for the senior hurling championship.
In a terse submission to Croke Park on All-Ireland structures, Galway outlined a number of complaints, including over financial matters and the refusal to allow the county's minors and U-21s into the Leinster Championship.
"Galway's participation in Leinster benefits other counties in Leinster, whereas Galway GAA and Galway supporters incur additional costs," claimed the county board submission to Croke Park.
Leinster Council chairman John Horan said he was surprised and disappointed by Galway's stance as he understood negotiations were ongoing.
"We met with Galway County Board officers some weeks ago and they outlined their position, especially in the area of finance and coaching.
"Shane Flanagan (Leinster Games Development Manager) and John Browne (Finance Manager) were looking into that so we were surprised to read that Galway had raised concerns with Croke Park as part of a submission on the championship.
"As far as we were concerned, things were ongoing so it's a bit unfortunate to have it thrashed out in public," said Horan.
The Leinster chairman rejected Galway's claim that their involvement in Leinster was not adequately reflected in the financial take.
"Leinster pays Galway a special grant of €20,000 per year, which no other county gets. We're open to talk to them but I don't think it's fair to say that they are not getting proper treatment," he said.
Galway are unhappy that no Leinster county has crossed the Shannon for a championship game. Horan said that would happen if individual counties agree to a home-and-away arrangement with Galway but it could not be imposed on them.