Lilywhites in red as County Board look for spending cuts
THE Kildare County Board have revealed that they are in debt to the tune of €200,000, with a leading official warning that the spending "just cannot continue" at its current rate.
County treasurer Martin Whyte revealed the figures to delegates at the November meeting of the county board, some six weeks before they were scheduled for release at the county convention.
Whyte stressed that all bills were currently being met but asked for a 33pc spending cut across the board, including in the preparation of Kieran McGeeney's senior footballers.
Kildare spent €741,860 on their county teams in 2010, up from €659,860 in 2009. That 2010 figure made them the sixth biggest spenders on inter-county teams behind Cork, Tipperary, Dublin and Galway -- four of the biggest dual counties -- and Kerry.
"We are coming early with the bad news," Whyte said. "Sending out the balance sheet just days prior to convention is simply not enough time to digest all that is in it and not enough time to come up with any solutions.
"We have been with the Leinster Council, we have been with Croke Park, they have seen our books and our proposals and we are now awaiting their response."
Delegates were also informed that the capacity at St Conleth's in Newbridge had been reduced to 6,500 for 2012.
Elsewhere, Kilmacud Crokes are believed to be lining up Tomas O Flatharta to be their next senior manager. The Stillorgan outfit have approached the former Galway and Westmeath manager about replacing Paddy Carr, who stepped down in the wake of their exit from the Dublin SFC championship.
O Flatharta was most recently in charge of the Galway footballers, who had their interest in the 2011 championship ended by Meath in the qualifiers.