Sunday 19 November 2017

Dublin grant in focus as GAA reviews aid policy

Gaelic Games

GAA Director of Finance Tom Ryan. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
GAA Director of Finance Tom Ryan. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The GAA will continue to conduct a review of the way it distributes its revenues as the spotlight once again fell on the scale of the coaching grant that Dublin receive on an annual basis.

Another €1.46m for games development was signed over to Dublin from central funds, helped by State money specifically set aside to help support a coaching model in the capital that has been an important cog in their success over the last five years.

It has brought the amount of funding from central level, inclusive of Sports Council aid, that Dublin have received since a special arrangement was put in place to win greater market share in the capital in 2005 to over €16m.

Croke Park's director of finance Tom Ryan said there was no easy way of re-balancing revenue paid out to counties.

A committee continues to look at how the association might bring a more equitable approach.

"It's not a question of trying to take resources away from particular counties, the job really should be to provide extra for all of the other counties," he said.

"It's going to be a job of work that will probably take up to three years in terms of re-balancing competition dividends and things like that, but you will see some changes emerging from that group over the course of the next 18 months to three years."

The GAA has published its accounts with a rise in commercial revenues from broadcast and sponsorship deals almost offsetting a dip in gate receipts.

Irish Independent

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