Debtor clubs paying off €70,000 owed to board

The eight GAA clubs that owed the Donegal County Board in the region of €70,000 at the beginning of the year have come to an agreement with the board and are paying back the outstanding debts in instalments.

The eight GAA clubs that owed the Donegal County Board in the region of €70,000 at the beginning of the year have come to an agreement with the board and are paying back the outstanding debts in instalments.

The details emerged at last Monday night’s county committee meeting as part of a response to a query from Ardara representative Mary Kelly by county treasurer, Seamus O’Donnell. The debts which ranged from €16,600 to €2,500, had been accumulated over a number of years and have been a bone of contention with those who were steadfastly meeting their commitment to the board.

“We met all the clubs and they have put a structure in place to pay what they owe over time,” the treasurer told delegates. “We had to be realistic, some of the amounts were such that we could not expect to have them cleared in one go but the clubs have to pay them off in instalments.”

Seamus O’Donnell added that the three main officials were meeting one of the clubs who had put a plan to them on Thursday night.

The treasurer also reported that all clubs had paid their affiliation for 2011 ahead of last month’s championship draw.

Meanwhile, chairman P.J. McGowan said it was regrettable that the clubs involved were named in the media following the last meeting, despite the fact the discussion on the matter was held in camera. “They were named at the meeting but that was only for county committee’s attention but were not meant for public consumption and it is regrettable that they were carried in the media,” said the chairman.

All eight clubs were named by the treasurer at the February county committee meeting and after a short discussion it was agreed that the three main officers would meet all the clubs to find a resolution to the problem.

The clubs were warned, in no uncertain terms, that if they did not make a reasonable effort to pay off the arrears they faced the prospect of not having their affiliation accepted for the 2011 season.