Wicklow GAA has spent €367,972 on running inter-county teams in 2017, according to the Irish Independent.
The newspaper has revealed that €25,261,791 was spent on Irish inter-county football and hurling last year, an increase of 8.35% on 2016, with Cork the biggest spenders at €1,747,609.
The Garden County’s 2017 spend represents a 17% increase in spend compared to the €314,473 that was spent in 2016.
Chairman of Wicklow County GAA Martin Fitzgerald said that, while he is concerned at the rising cost of maintaining GAA in the county, he has ‘no problem spending the money’ when it comes to the players.
“We have to be in line with the GDA rules. […] The players have to be looked after. They’re the people who matter at the end of the day.”
Despite the increase in expenditure, Wicklow remains one of the lowest-spending counties in the country when it comes to GAA.
Only Louth (€298,629) spent less than Wicklow in 2017. This is the same scenario as it was in 2016, when Louth spent €295,631 compared to Wicklow’s €314,473.