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John Horan: Review Of GAA Funding Not On The Agenda

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GAA President John Horan has said that the association has no plans for a review into GAA funding, believing that the current model is progressive. 

The GAA have been criticised for their allocation of funds in Leinster particularly, with Dublin receiving almost €18 million in development funds between 2007 and 2018.

Cork were the next highest recipients with €1.4 million during the same period.

In 2018 alone, Dublin received €1,303,630 in development grants while their Leinster neighbours, Meath, were allocated €367,400.

Speaking after the qualifiers draw on RTE’s Morning Ireland, John Horan stated that there are no plans to review their allocation of funds.

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“I’m not going to say it’s on the agenda,” he said.

“I think it is moving in a progressive way. More money is going into counties outside of Dublin.

“One other factor in all of this is local councils outside of Dublin actually provide funding for coaching structures which Dublin don’t benefit from.

“Just because it doesn’t come into the equation of the GAA figures, it is not accounted for. Most of the counties within Leinster are getting funding from the local councils towards a coaching project.”

Speaking to RTE over the weekend, Dublin county board chief executive John Costello said the county still needs the funds that the GAA provide.

“We have huge challenges in Dublin. We have developing areas that we have no presence in: there are areas like Cherrywood, Hollystown and Adamstown.”

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“We paid €9.2m for Spawell, which works out as €275,000 an acre and it will probably cost us a similar sum to develop this land,” he said.

“We have the population, the rest of the country has the land. The population is no good unless you have the facilities and the land to play our games on.”

Dublin overcame Meath by 16 points during a drab affair in Croke Park yesterday in the Leinster Senior Football final. While acknowledging their dominance,  Leinster Council CEO Michael Reynolds believes that it is up to the other counties to catch up to Jim Gavin’s men.

“I have no doubt the gap will close. It is not up to Dublin to come back, it’s up to the rest of us to lift.

“It is a question of learning what has been successful in Dublin and trying to apply that elsewhere, rather than taking a scalpel to something that has worked.”

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Author: Marisa Kennedy

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