Wednesday 17 January 2018

Colm O'Rourke: Penny-pinching on expenses will cost more than cash

Suggestions that people are making money out of the GAA are an insult, writes Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

We live in strange and uncertain times. Many of the old certainties have collapsed but tax is ever-present and an increasing burden.

Now the GAA has been dragged into the manure to a much greater extent than could ever have been envisaged. Apart from the scrutiny of referees, the net has widened to take in anybody getting a few quid for services rendered, like people working on stiles at games, expenses to officials, players, managers, stewards and a host of others who keep the games ticking over.

The first problem I have with this is that it immediately assumes that people are getting money for some or all of these jobs. This is far from the reality. I have written on several occasions about payments to managers and feel that the whole thing at county level is completely sensationalised. Only a few are getting anything out of it and it is an insult to the vast majority of people in all sections of the GAA who work for their community for no other reason than wanting to give something back. The Revenue Commissioners listing these people gives the impression of an army of workers who are on the take.

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