Monday 28 May 2018

Dublin's grants cut but they are still well ahead of rest

Dublin got almost €1.3m, more than €1m ahead of Meath, who received the second-highest allocation (stock picture)
Dublin got almost €1.3m, more than €1m ahead of Meath, who received the second-highest allocation (stock picture)
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Dublin had their games development grant cut by €165,000 last year, but they still received more than 14pc of the €9 million allocation.

They got almost €1.3m, more than €1m ahead of Meath, who received the second-highest allocation.

Cork, Louth, Wicklow, Kildare, Derry, Kerry, Offaly and Antrim complete the top 10 for monies which are used for coaching and general development of hurling and football.

There has been growing criticism of the amounts paid to Dublin for games development in recent years, especially since they are generating huge revenues on their own initiative.

That has been made easier by the record run of success enjoyed by the footballers and, while the hurlers are currently in transition phase, they won Allianz league and Leinster titles inside the last seven years, which suggests the fundamentals are sound.

The GAA committed to rebalancing amounts paid to counties in recent years, a process which is now under way with Dublin, who have had their allocation cut in each of the last two years. However, it still leaves them well ahead of the rest.

"We're not going to look at who's winning and cut back purely on that basis. We examine the overall situation in every county on an ongoing basis," said Tom Ryan, the GAA finance director. "It's important to look at relativities between counties across a number of areas."

Fermanagh received the lowest games development grant (€107,500 last year), with Kilkenny only marginally ahead on €108,600.

Counties also get grants from the provincial councils, who were paid a total of €1.39m for distribution last year. Cork came out on top in the overall payments to clubs and counties, scooping €2.2m, of which €1.3m went towards the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, which was completed in June.

Offaly also did well with capital grants, coming in second highest on €1.1m. Dublin were just behind Cork in overall payments, taking €1.98m, followed by Kerry (€1.3m) and Galway (€1.1m). Mayo topped the team expenses chart on €370,284, followed by Galway (€271,480), Dublin (€251,584) and Waterford (€194,000).

Irish Independent

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