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Three-fold rise in fines adds €65k to coffers

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From left to right, Fermanagh assistant manager Raymond Johnston, Fermanagh GAA Chairman Patsy Dolan, and Fermanagh manager Peter McGrath

From left to right, Fermanagh assistant manager Raymond Johnston, Fermanagh GAA Chairman Patsy Dolan, and Fermanagh manager Peter McGrath

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From left to right, Fermanagh assistant manager Raymond Johnston, Fermanagh GAA Chairman Patsy Dolan, and Fermanagh manager Peter McGrath

The GAA's revenue from fines increased by over 300pc in 2013, jumping from just €19,360 in 2012 to €64,900 in a 12-month period.

The GAA had relaxed the policy of penalising county boards with heavy fines for indiscretions and trying to place the onus on the individuals involved instead during the economic challenges of the last few years.

But last year saw a clear return to the practice of imposing a greater number of fines on counties.

In one weekend of qualifier action last summer, four counties were each hit with €5,000 fines following melees at two venues – Longford v Wexford at Pearse Park and Cavan v Fermanagh at Kingspan Breffni Park.

Only Wexford were successful in having their fine reduced by €2,000.

Fermanagh chairman Patsy Dolan, however, was scathing in his criticism of receiving their fine.

"It galls me how the GAA could deal with a referee's report, with support of video evidence and not punish any player, yet fine the Fermanagh county committee, who had no involvement in the madness," he said.

Not adhering properly to match-day protocols makes up the bulk of the figure, with in excess of €10,000 amassed by county teams who wore numbers in games higher than 26.

The 2013 figure is still not in line with 2009 figure, when €90,800 was taken in for various indiscretions.

Irish Independent