Savings must be made in County Board finances

The administration expenses for county GAA teams in the past year were just over €1.2 million and that figure was "mind-boggling", Gerry Spain, the County GAA Board's accountant told last week's Board convention.

The administration expenses for county GAA teams in the past year were just over €1.2 million and that figure was "mind-boggling", Gerry Spain, the County GAA Board's accountant told last week's Board convention.

While the county had tremendous success and had won All-Irelands in U-21 and Senior Hurling, those expenses headings would need to be looked at so they could see where savings could be made, said Mr. Spain. He said savings would have to be made in view of the drop in gate receipts of over €100,000, a trend that could continue in the current climate.

The county had an operating deficit for the year of €126,267, treasurer Eamon Buckley told the Convention, held at the Dome in Semple Stadium.

Referring to the drop in gate receipts, he said the figure for the county final was down by €50,000 and the quarter-final attendances were also reduced, which was disappointing. Two types of season ticket that would cover the cost of attending matches for the year were being looked at and that might also help in saving supporters money.

County Board Chairman Barry O'Brien said the officers would endeavour to ensure that that they wouldn't have a deficit in 2011, and to do that it would be necesarry to decrease expenses across the board by seven and a half percent.

It had been a tough economic year and all divisional boards also had deficits.

GAA Presidential candidate Con Hogan stated that the finances of the County Board were "very skewed". He noted that the divisional boards had a combined total of €335,000 in the bank and he asked if that was a wise way to be operating the county's finances.