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GAA to give clubs and counties breathing space


Croke Park. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Croke Park. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Croke Park. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Clubs and counties will be given additional time to repay internal loans and membership affiliations in the coming weeks and months, county GAA chairpersons were assured via conference call yesterday.

As clubs and counties begin to feel the pinch, GAA officials at central level updated county officials for the third time in three weeks on a number of financial and regulatory issues as well as the decision to defer the wages of around 600 employees in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland on a sliding scale of between 10 and 20 per cent.

The GAA employs around 330 coaching and games development staff with another 270 involved in administration at central, provincial and county levels.

In a note to employees on Monday, director-general Tom Ryan outlined a risk of €60m if the current situation remains for the rest of the year through lost gate receipts and TV and commercial revenue in the absence of a championship.

Dividends for the National Leagues will be paid next week ahead of schedule, but with no final two rounds and finals they will be considerably smaller than usual for counties. The additional nutrition and travel allowances agreed with inter-county players will also be paid up to March.

The deadline for GAA membership registration that allows voting rights and officerships passed yesterday.

However, the picture on a potential resumption of games activities was made no clearer to the chairmen, a scenario that remains linked to State policy.

The GAA have held off on making any projections about a possible return to play or what shape a revamped season might take until much later in the month.