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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Dublin may not lose out in central funding

GAA President Liam O'Neill and Director General Paraic Duffy in attendance at the publication of the Director General's Annual Report. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
GAA President Liam O'Neill and Director General Paraic Duffy in attendance at the publication of the Director General's Annual Report. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

GAA Director General Páraic Duffy has admitted that Croke Park would endeavour to "redistribute finance so that it's fairer and more equitable" although stressed that that "does not necessarily mean taking funds away from Dublin."

End of year figures for 2014, revealed yesterday in Croke Park, show that €1,460,400 was given to Dublin under the auspices of 'Games Development', a figure roughly equitable to the total provided to the other 31 counties combined.

However, the GAA's Director of Finance, Tom Ryan pointed out that a similar figure of €1,639,750 for Games Development in Leinster did not include Dublin, as coaches in the capital are technically employed by the Dublin County Board, rather than by the four provincial councils, as is the case in every other county.

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Duffy pointed out that Dublin was "one of the biggest counties in terms of GAA activity", and had "developed enormously" in the recent past, noting how the Association "have done quite well out of" their investment.

He added that growth in Dublin requires "innovation, imagination and resources" and insisted that "the investment in Dublin has been successful."

Dublin's antennas were raised last August when a report from the National Financial Management Committee outlining the recommended allocation of funds for next year, recommended an undisclosed cut in financial assistance to Dublin.

Then Dublin chairman, the late Andy Kettle, responded to what he termed "the Sword of Damocles" hanging over Donnycarney HQ by vigorously defending the essential contribution of their 50-plus full-time coaches, warning that "curtailing Dublin's games development budget would have a hugely negative impact on moves to establish clubs in newer suburbs where there is no GAA presence."

Duffy, in insisting that "the greatest challenge to the GAA currently is to grow our games in urban areas," appeared yesterday to broadly agree with Kettle although no specific alteration in funding for 2015 was disclosed.

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