Special meeting to discuss alarming Tipperary County Board deficit

County board chairman Sean Nugent has revealed that plans are being put in place to tackle Tipp GAA’s financial crisis.

County board chairman Sean Nugent has revealed that plans are being put in place to tackle Tipp GAA’s financial crisis.

A deficit of almost €250,000 was reported by the Tipperary county board for the 2012 financial year and Nugent has urged delegates to attend a meeting next Tuesday evening, January 29, when the situation will be discussed.

In the last four years, losses totaling over €650,000 have been recorded in Tipperary but Nugent and his fellow board officers are determined to arrest an alarming slide.

And Nugent insisted that part of the solution was to revamp the county senior hurling championship.

He insisted: “It will bring competitiveness back in our championship, for the betterment of games in the county. Bringing people back in through the turnstiles is the easiest way to help the Tipp board finances at the moment. Some of the drop in gate receipts is down to the recession, but not all of it. Our games are not competitive enough and in many fixtures, the result is a foregone conclusion before the game begins.

“Our previous structure allowed that to happen. It was fine for the time that it was introduced, when people had disposable income. But when people haven’t got that disposable income now, they’re selective about the games they attend and they want to go to competitive games.”

Nugent added: “We will have that meeting (January 29) to deal specifically with county board finances. It’s another very important one, dedicated to how we can raise income and reduce expenditure. Board officers had a meeting recently for four and a half hours and went through everything.”