Money Oct 9, 2019 9:21:35 GMT via mobile
Post by Mickmack on Oct 9, 2019 9:21:35 GMT
Supermac's say mentors' complaints prompted statement
Updated / Tuesday, 8 Oct 2019 22:15
Supermac's issued a new statement clarifying the motivation behind their original one
Supermac's have issued a statement clarifying the motivation behind last week's statement on Galway GAA's spending, saying that complaints from parents, mentors and management teams were among the factors that prompted them to act.
Galway's longtime sponsors issued a statement last week outlining the extent of their financial contributions to Galway GAA since 2015 and demanded the publication of two financial reviews conducted into the county's spending.
In their latest statement released this evening, the fast food chain insists it "has no interest in seeking to influence the decision-making process of Galway GAA" but added that it sought "transparency and accountability" which it said was vital to the success of the county's teams on the field.
The statement also added that the company had been approached by parents and mentors with stories of how Galway teams were being under-funded due to 'budget cuts'.
"Parents, mentors and management teams have approached Supermac's on numerous occasions to bring several incidents to our attention including revelations of underage teams having to bring their own lunches to tournaments in other counties, teams wearing mismatched jerseys against fully kitted opposition and management teams requiring further resources that weren't made available due to budget cuts."
Galway's GAA's finances have been a vexed matter for some time now. GAA authorities and accounting firm Mazars were brought in to examine the state of the county's finances last year and a meeting in December last year heard concerns expressed over practices in the period of 2015-17.
The use of an official credit card for personal expenses, officer expenses of €45,000 and a debt of €390,000 to Croke Park for All-Ireland final tickets were among the revelations.
A 103-acre site in Athenry that was bought in 2006 for €2.8m and earmarked for a centre of excellence was sold at a loss of almost €2m last year.
Supermac's tonight re-iterated its call for the reviews conducted by the GAA and Mazar's to be made public, saying it was "at a loss to understand why these reports have not been published.
"We re-iterate that players, supporters and volunteers who willingly give their time for the promotion and administration of our games deserve no less."
It has been an extremely difficult week for Galway GAA, who now also have had to begin from scratch in their search for a new hurling manager after all three of the nominated candidates withdrew from the race.