Friday 24 November 2017

GAA stars could be set for tax exemptions

GAA players have to make huge sacrifices to excel in their code
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Newly-appointed minister of state for tourism and sport Brendan Griffin has suggested that he may look to introduce tax exemptions for GAA players and other amateur sports people.

Debate has raged in recent years over whether or not GAA players should be paid given the level of commitment currently required to play inter-county football and the 'professional' approach adopted by most counties.

GAA stars stay in college, put their careers on hold and face issues like serious injury and burnout and Griffin has admitted that introducing further incentives for sports stars is something he has discussed with officials in his department.

In an interview in today's Irish Examiner, the Kerry TD said: “I would like to see players being rewarded for what they do and players being able to give more time to their circles. They are elite sports people in an amateur sports.

“What you hate to see maybe are the fringe players not being able to continue with what they love because the commitments are just financially damaging to themselves and that is a real challenge.

“In some cases, artists have tax exemptions, so can we do something more for our sports people along those lines? These are the things I would like to explore at the moment and I would like to see looked at, to make things a bit easier to help those excelling in sport. It is something I have discussed with my own officials.”

GAA players are already in receipt of grants which are distributed by the Gaelic Player's Association. This year the minimum an inter-county player will receive is €745 with a maximum payment of €1,707.

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