Donegal chairman claims that three Ulster teams are being poorly funded

The comments have come on the back of the recently published GAA financial report

Donegal chairman claims that three Ulster teams are being poorly funded

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Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan, are allegedly being under funded by the GAA, according to a member of the Donegal county board.

Referring to the findings of the recent GAA financial report, Donegal chairman Sean Dunnion believes that the aforementioned counties are not receiving the adequate amount of funding.

The financial report revealed that Dublin received over €1.46m for games development last year while Ulster received a collective figure which fell just shy of €1.28m.

From that figure, Dunnion explained that Donegal were allocated just €40,200 and also pointed out that they, along with Cavan and Monaghan, are particularly disadvantaged by the fact that they are located outside the border of the six Ulster counties.

“We’re particularly disadvantaged with regards to funding being one of the three counties in Ulster outside the Six Counties. They’re getting a lot of money pumped in through the various departments in the Ulster Council. It comes with the condition that it can only be spent in the Six Counties.''

“We’re certainly at a disadvantage - ourselves, Cavan and Monaghan - with regards to the funding that comes out of Ulster even. We have been making representation along those lines recently.”

Dunnion fears that unless the imbalance of funding is addressed, Donegal and other counties are at risk of falling even further behind Dublin.

"You’d have to ask the question if Dublin are getting 47 per cent of the coaching money and you look at their strength at the moment.''

“There certainly is an imbalance and that needs to be readdressed in some fashion because Dublin are only going to continue to get stronger if we don’t invest more in the other counties. Dublin is a huge county with a huge population, but our take on it would be that we would like to get more finance into the county for coaching.

“We believe that we need more, we would really be thin on the ground with full-time coaches in the county. We would certainly be advocating for more funding, whether the right thing is to take it off Dublin and give it to the other counties, I don’t know.”