Better news on financial front for Laois

Despite the straitened financial times, Laois GAA could report positive news in their end of year account, as the County Committee could report a surplus of almost e100,000.

Despite the straitened financial times, Laois GAA could report positive news in their end of year account, as the County Committee could report a surplus of almost e100,000.

Income for the year rose by almost s5k, but real benefits arose out of the right-off of value to lands in Dooary last year. Having taken a hit of e250k last year, that did not have to be factored into the accounts this year, and so a 2010 deficit of e216,417 has been replaced by a surplus of e97,819 this year.

The news wasn’t so positive for O’Moore Park, where the deficit for the year rose from almost e43k last year, to a little over e69k this year. This was mostly due to the fall in income of rent for matches, with a difference of almost e24k between last year and this year. Income from signs was down almost e10k, while rent from hawkers was almost halved, from e30k in 2010 to a little over e16k this year.

There were also significant savings made in the expenditure on County Teams, with the overall bill of fielding teams from minor to senior in both hurling and football falling. in 2010, the total bill for County Teams was e541,181, but this year that figure was reduced to e500,636.

There were falls in all areas of team expenditure except in ‘Team Administration Expenses’ for both senior football and hurling. The rise in hurling was barely over e1k, but there was a sharp increase in senior football.

Team administration expenses for the Laois senior footballer ran to just e13,677 in 2010, but this year the figure was e61,952. In 2009, the figure was just e4,011. Overall, team administration expenses rose by almost e50k at senior level.

Other savings were made with administration expenses (almost e28k), while Coaching and Games Development spending rose by a little over e5k