Friday 23 February 2018

Ó Fearghail left 'surprised and disappointed' by 'Scrooge' jibe

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GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail
GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

GAA president Aogán ó Fearghail has expressed "surprise and disappointment" over remarks made by Dublin CEO John Costello in which he accused Croke Park of being Scrooge-like over a holiday fund contribution.

Costello complained that despite the Dublin-Mayo semi-final delivering a replay, only €15,000 was allocated for a team holiday from the gate money.

"It would appear that Ebenezer Scrooge has taken up residence off Jones' Road this festive season," wrote Costello in his annual report.

"I was disappointed and a bit surprised by it. I also think it's very unfair," said ó Fearghail.

"We try to distribute our wealth as best we can and I said when I came in as president that we'd try to shift the balance ever so slightly to give our weaker counties a bit more funding.

"It wasn't a weaker county that complained about funding so I was disappointed with those comments because Dublin do well from Croke Park, just as Dublin are good for Croke Park and the Association," said ó Fearghail, who is in Austin, Texas with the GAA/GPA Opel hurling All-Stars.

Despite his disappointment, ó Fearghail won't be raising the matter with Dublin. "I'm not in the business of going around slapping fellas in the hand for saying something," he said.

Meanwhile, ó Fearghail was non-committal about the prospect of Conor McGregor defending his world title in Croke Park next year.

"I'm not aware of any application. If an application comes in for anything, it's looked at. It would be the same here," he said.

Irish Independent

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