Tipperary officials deny financial crisis

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Updated: March 1, 2011

GAA officials in Tipperary have hit out at rumours that the county board is having serious financial troubles.

The 2010 All-Ireland hurling champions began the new season €126,000 in debt, but officials say there is “no crisis” in the county’s finances.

“Nonsense,” said Tipperary PRO Ger Ryan.

“Everything’s progressing fine in Tipperary. People will be aware that there was a deficit in our accounts, and part of our plan for the year is to reduce expenditure by 10%, but that’s not a secret plan or anything — that has been mentioned at county board meetings and so on.

“There’s an issue we’ll be addressing with referees within the county at a meeting this evening, but there are no crisis meetings about financial matters in Tipperary or anything like that.”

Tipperary referees had planned a strike last weekend relating to cost-cutting measures, but the strike was averted at the last minute.

The Premier County spent over €1.2m on its county teams in 2010, and figures at their agm revealed the breakdown of that expenditures. While the county won the All-Ireland senior and U21 hurling championships, and the Munster U21 football championship, spending on the various teams amounted to €1,233,392, which was €150,000 higher than the previous year.

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