Lily chief slams 'pittance' Croker allocation
KILDARE county board chairman, Pádraig Ashe, has slammed the GAA for paying the county "a pittance" despite the Lilywhite footballer's run to the All-Ireland semi-final this year.
The Kildare county board were handed €58,000 by Croke Park after a season in which Kieran McGeeney's men played eight championship matches but lost out at the penultimate stage.
However, Ashe feels the figure is not a fair reflection of the level of income generated for the Association by Kildare's flagship teams and has described the sum as "a pittance."
"We sold a huge number of tickets over the summer and the money is gone from our county but yet what we get back is a pittance.
"There has to be a better system of rewarding the counties that are successful," said Ashe.
The board were also awarded €12,000 for the Kildare hurlers run to the semi-final of the Christy Ring Cup and the minor hurlers who qualified for an All-Ireland 'B' final.
Yet Kildare treasurer, Martin Whyte, described the overall figure as "unusual" and said that the actual figure which is granted to the county each year is unknown until the point when the actual cheque arrives.
"It is an unusual figure. For away games you get a certain amount and you get a different amount for a home game," said Whyte.
"For Christy Ring games, it's basically €3,000 a game. The minor hurlers were a bonus and we got about €3,000 for them reaching the All-Ireland final," he explained.
"We had a number of away games for which you get extra money but you can't really say what you are going to get.
"All those things add up to an unusual sum of €58,000. The only guarantee was that you get €15,000 if you reach an All-Ireland semi final," added Whyte.