Paul Flynn began his new role as CEO of the Gaelic Players Association last week and went straight into the deep end hosting the Association’s AGM in Portlaoise on Friday.
Having played his part in a sixth All Ireland triumph this decade for Dublin through the summer he is used to being well prepared and reports from the AGM suggest he handled the new responsibilities of being CEO with ease.
Flynn has not made any decision about whether he will keep playing for another year at Inter-County level though he was not ruling it out.
After National Executive Committee meetings and the AGM last Friday he did get back to Dublin to play for his club Fingallians and see them through to a Senior Championship Semi-Final against St Marys.
The AGM reported that revenue and expenditure on providing services had grown by 18 percent as part of a programme where over 1,000 players had taken part in welfare and development initiatives.
The cost of the programmes was €2,386,199. This was covered by three principal streams of income from the GAA which provided €2.8 million, the Government with €2.3 million and fundraising, primarily in the United States, which climbed last year from €675,000 to €1.15 million.
Flynn spoke of the importance of the GAA being at the decision-making table when it came to structural change in the way the games are organised and spoke of remaining very much an organisation that was driven by the wishes of the players.
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