Cork GAA’s senior administrator Diarmuid O’Donovan has rejected claims that the preparation of intercounty teams has suffered due to the money spent on the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
O’Donovan insisted that the allocations set aside for the multi-million euro stadium project “cannot be diverted for any other purpose”.
And he revealed that the board spent almost €1.5m on Cork inter-county teams last year — the largest figure in the county’s history.
Writing in the Evening Echo, Mr O’Donovan said: “In recent times there has been some muttering that the new stadium is drawing on funds that could be spent on inter-county teams. This simply is not true.
“The Government and the GAA have made grants available to build Páirc UíChaoimh and this money cannot be diverted for any other purpose.
“The project is seen as necessary by the GAA; the Government sees it as economically and socially beneficial, to the city, the county and the entire region.
“In terms of financing Cork GAA affairs, it is a fact that at no time over the past 130 years has so much money been spent on the Cork hurling and football teams as there is at present.
“Last year, the Cork County Board spent €1,442,670 on Cork inter-county teams. This is equal to €35,000 a week, throughout a season that lasted 41 weeks.
“This is aside from any money that is spent on funding Sciath na Scol, Post Primary Schools, the GDA coaches and Development Squads.
“These figures are based on the accounts of Cork County Board for 2015, and they show that expenditure was approximately €300,000 more than income for the year.”
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