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JIM GAVIN has rejected the insinuation that Dublin are buying their way to the Sam Maguire summit through their massive investment in underage coaching.

JIM GAVIN has rejected the insinuation that Dublin are buying their way to the Sam Maguire summit through their massive investment in underage coaching.

The Dublin football supremo also believes that winning senior All-Irelands, as opposed to underage investment, is the best recruitment tool for GAA chiefs in the capital, saying: "The exposure those teams get is vital to the life-blood of the organisation."

Dublin county board's relative financial clout has dominated much of the build-up to this Sunday's All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Donegal in Croke Park.

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness set the agenda by comparing Dublin's recent rise to the early days of Chelsea under Roman Abramovich, while the county board is currently fighting off a Croke Park proposal to reduce Dublin's level of central funding in 2015.

Against this backdrop, Gavin has dismissed the implication that money is fuelling Dublin's recent dominance.

"We're all volunteers in the Dublin management team," he said. "I'm heading off to work after this ... that's the bedrock of the association at club level. It's a volunteers' organisation, since 1884 - that's what makes it great."

Dublin GAA currently employs over 50 full-time coaches but Gavin warned that any reduction in funding could affect juvenile participation rates in the capital.

"I think it's up to GAA headquarters to increase funding for all counties and put in full-time coaches at grassroots level, so you can see the participation levels in Gaelic games increase," he concluded.


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