Published: 10:56 | 2/10/19

Sponsor demands Galway spending review


Galway GAA sponsors Supermac's have asked the county board to account for how the money they provided was spent over the past few years by making the results of two recent financial reviews public.

This follows revelations last year following a review by GAA authorities and accounting firm Mazars of 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 amongst other concerns.

It was also revealed that a 103-acre site in Athenry was bought in 2006 at a cost of €2.8m with the intention of building a centre of excellence. However, it was sold at a loss of almost €2m last year.

Supermac's has been a sponsor of Galway GAA since 1991 and has invested almost €1.6m alone over the last five years.

"Supermac's would like to detail that the amount of sponsorship given by Supermac’s to Galway GAA for the sponsored teams over the past 5 years to date is over €1.25m in direct payments plus over €340,000 in ancillary sponsorship," a statement on the Supermac's website said.

"Supermac's would like to seek clarification from the Galway County Board as to how this money was spent.

"Supermac's raised financial concerns with the Galway County Board four years ago.

"Supermac’s understands that two investigations have taken place into the finances of Galway GAA; One conducted by Galway GAA and a second conducted by Mazars.

"Supermac’s is calling for these investigations to be made public immediately. The vast majority of the Galway GAA public and mentors, who give their time voluntarily for the promotion and administration of our games and the welfare of our players, deserve no less."

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