Kav return on Long' finger

Conor McKeon

BRIAN KAVANAGH is unlikely to play any part with Longford this year, despite hopes of a return to Glenn Ryan's squad before the beginning of the summer.

The Kilmacud Crokes man has spent the last few months in America since embarking on a career break from his teaching post and played no part in the Stillorgan club's Dublin SFC campaign last year.

He had returned briefly to Ireland fuelling hopes of a return to Ryan's squad but it is believed that Kavangh intends to spend the rest of the summer, at the very least, in the States, dashing hopes that he might wear the Longford jersey this year.

DONIE KINGSTON will miss Laois' Division 2 clash with Louth because of a viral infection. The UCD student has been in top form for Laois since returning to their ranks this season, kicking 0-4 against Armagh in their league opener but will sit out at least a fortnight's action.

TIPPERARY chairman Seán Nugent has slammed the move by revenue to subject gate-checkers in the county's various GAA grounds to end-of-year P35 tax returns.

"They're after everybody in the GAA," he blasted. "They don't seem to be after anybody else in any other sports. Down through the decades, before any of this came up, the GAA was open and transparent regarding record-keeping and the costs associated with running matches. They're in the public domain and have never been hidden.

"We've been asked for P35s for these gate-men but that's nearly an accountant's work," Nugent added. "Gate-checkers have been asked to provide PPS numbers and while we don't mind complying with Revenue, as I see it now, people won't take up the jobs.

"We see them as volunteers and our treasurer has been told that they won't be doing the job again because there's nothing in it for them and in some cases now, they could be at a loss. If you're travelling for 30 miles and you're getting €30 and away for a few hours, that's not much recompense."