The Gaelic Players Association have criticised the GAA for what they see as the Association painting inter county competition as being a ‘problem child’ in the Annual Report published on Tuesday.
The comments were made yesterday by CEO Paul Flynn in response to the comments of GAA Director General Tom Ryan and CFO Ger Mulryan about the costs of team preparation.
“In the midst of the record-breaking revenues of €73.9 million reported for 2019, which are primarily and overwhelmingly generated off the inter county games, it is disappointing to see that it is the so-called unsustainable costs of those inter-county games commanding such a share of the GAA’s attention,” said Flynn.
“Instead we should be celebrating the inter-county games for the success story that they are. The resources our members help generate enable the GAA to be the fantastic community and club-based organisation it is.”
“The GAA proudly stated on the publication of their Annual Accounts that for every €1 revenue it takes in, it reinvests 84 cent across the association for which it should be rightly commended.”
“Approximately 90% of those revenues are generated through the inter-county game; 49% by gate receipts, 27% by commercial income (sponsorship and media), 14% by distribution from Croke Park. All of these are attributable to the inter county games. This is only the central accounts and does not account for provincial and county board revenue.”
“Our inter-county games allow the GAA to thrive on the field and financially.”
“The games not only generate revenue for the GAA but they also have a massive impact on the Irish economy. We will be publishing the findings of an Indecon Report undertaken on our behalf in the coming weeks.”
“Inter-county fixtures generate a total economic impact of €390 million annually, supporting 3,600 jobs and directly contributing over €40 million to the exchequer. This at a time when many of our players can barely make ends meet and in many cases cannot.”
“It is our view that the role of inter county games and our players to the overall health of the GAA, as evidenced in the Annual Report, needed to be acknowledged.”
The comments were couched by praise for the language used by GAA Officials in talking of delivering a modern form of sustainable amateurism.
“We will keep lines of dialogue to the GAA open in regard to current negotiation between the two parties as we work towards achieving fairness for our members.”