Waterford board ‘in control’ of spending

Waterford County Board officials have moved to quash rumours that their spending on inter-county teams is out of control.

County secretary Timmy O’Keeffe presented a detailed breakdown of team expenses to club delegates at Wednesday night’s meeting at Lawlor’s Hotel in Dungarvan, where he revealed the total spend on senior inter-county sides amounted to €110,477 for the year to date. This was almost €70,000 under projections made at the start of the year.

“We are not over budget. We are keeping costs of the teams under reasonable control,” O’Keeffe said, adding the figures “dispel the rumours” circulating to the contrary.

County chairman Tom Cunningham added: “It was disappointing to read the stuff in the papers. There were rumours in the paper which are not true.”

As of March 18, the expenses for the senior hurling team came to €54,756, with the senior footballers running up a total of €55,721. Both of these figures dipped under the budget estimates of €111,410 for the hurlers and €67,704 for the footballers.

The senior hurling budget for the entire year is €240,000 and the senior football budget is €125,000 and the board is confident of maintaining a positive start to 2013 on the financial front.

Paddy Joe Ryan (Fourmilewater) described the presentation as a “welcome development” and issued a rallying cry to club delegates to support the board in their efforts to cut costs.

“The board needs support and the clubs must give them that support. Let this year be the year that this board makes a profit. Let’s move on together and let’s back the board.”

Tom Cunningham said he was “disappointed” by the return from a fundraising table quiz which yielded €12,401. This fell short of their €15,000 target. Both Cunningham and O’Keeffe sought support from the clubs for their next fundraising venture, which is a Dog Night on May 18.


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