Donegal GAA supporters, who are members of Club Donegal (a county fund-raising initiative) are going to have to forego Club Donegal gear in 2012.
It is a belt tightening exercise with the objective of transferring the annual bill for Club Donegal gear towards repaying the interest bill on the county loan from Croke Park for the development of the county’s new Centre of Excellence at Convoy.
Proposing the move at Monday night’s county committee meeting, treasurer Grace Boyle said if Club Donegal members were to forego the gear for the coming year the county could save in the region of €35,000.
“We paid €35,000 for gear last year and if we were to buy no gear this year we could direct this money towards paying the interest on the loan from Croke Park, and it would allow us to get our repayment on our loans and finances on a solid footing,” explained the treasurer.
The treasurer also outlined that to compensate the members the annual cost of the membership was being reduced from €240 per annum to €200 and she also insisted that the members would still receive their membership cards which would allow them free access to all club games in the county.
The proposal was passed after it was proposed by Brendan Kelly, Convoy and seconded by John Friel, Urris.
Club Donegal members in recent years had a choice between a Donegal GAA jacket or a Donegal umbrella and t-shirt. Meanwhile, also on finance, county chairman P. J. McGowan said the county executive will look seriously at clubs in the county who have no plans in place to pay their arrears.
The chairman was speaking on a motion from Naomh Brid in connection with the long running issue of clubs owing substantial sums of money to the county board.
The motion, which was in two parts, initially read that arrears under €5,000 should be cleared before the closing date for affiliations and that all of this year’s levies be paid by July 31st.
The second part of the proposal related to arrears above €5,000 which should be subject to a payment plan and that all this year’s levies be paid by July 31st.
The motion was passed with the July 31st deadline pushed back until later in the year to accommodate clubs who have signed up to a monthly instalment plan for their levies.
A number of clubs have signed up to paying their levies in eight monthly instalments.
The chairman, in the course of the debate, also stated that the view of the Executive was that four of the six clubs that owe the board €66,000 had plans and were committed to paying off their debts.