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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Supermac's deliver another Galway blast

Supermac's have doubled down on their call for Galway county board to reveal the findings of two reports on the finances in the county, insisting that
Supermac's have doubled down on their call for Galway county board to reveal the findings of two reports on the finances in the county, insisting that "transparency and accountability which are vital to confidence going forward".

Supermac's have doubled down on their call for Galway county board to reveal the findings of two reports on the finances in the county, insisting that "transparency and accountability which are vital to confidence going forward".

In what was the second such statement inside a week from the county's major sponsor, Supermac's insisted it had no interest in making policy decisions in the county but stated that "while a cloud hangs over the organisation it has an effect on the competitiveness and success of our teams."

Last week's statement outlined how the company - which is owned by well-known Ballinasloe businessman Pat McDonagh - has contributed €1,599,426 over a five-year period and called for clarity in how that money was spent. Last night's statement repeated that call while also revealing that county teams were taking to the field in mismatched gear.

"Supermac's fundamentally believes that in order for the Galway teams to be successful, there needs to be transparency at all levels," read the statement.

"Supermac's sole objective is to assist the Galway teams to achieve success on the field. Parents, mentors and management teams have approached Supermac's on numerous occasions to bring several incidents that have taken place to our attention, including revelations of underage teams having to bring their own lunches to tournaments in other counties, teams competing while wearing mismatched jerseys against fully kitted opposition and management teams requiring further resources that weren't being made available to them due to budget cuts."

It's the latest in a series of setbacks for the beleaguered county board. Last year, an internal report was not published for legal reasons. The second, an independent audit carried out by Mazars on behalf of Croke Park, carried 39 findings and recommendations. In response, Galway stated that it was "implementing the findings of the 2018 Mazars Report …which ensures that the highest standards of financial and accounting practices are now in place.

"Supermac's acknowledges that a lot of honourable people contribute at all levels of the GAA and whilst there are the beginnings of a necessary change in culture, the path forward cannot be laid until the issues of the past are revealed. Supermac's seeks the transparency and accountability which are vital to confidence going forward. The first steps in this journey require that the two concluded reports into the finances of Galway GAA be published in full or otherwise further investigated by the relevant authorities. Supermac's is at a loss to understand why these reports have not been published."

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