Galway Treasurer slams €45,000 of personal expenses on GAA credit card

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Personal expenses of €45,000 racked up on the Galway GAA credit card in 2016 was just one of the abuses outlined by County Board treasurer Mike Burke at a heated convention last night.

Another outrageous revelation was the running up of ticket debt of more than €400,000 with Croke Park.

Clubs came to the convention at the Claregalway Hotel last night prepared for the worst after the findings of an external audit by Mazars showed serious financial mismanagement by Galway GAA.

The audit was commissioned by Croke Park after a committee established to conduct an internal review

According to the Irish Examiner Mr Burke revealed to delegates at the convention that there are also four legal cases pending against Galway GAA.

He said that a review of officers’ expenses revealed that they reached as high as €45,000 in 2016. These expenses will be well short of 10,000 this year though, he confirmed.

Ticket monies were also lodged in the same account as other monies and Galway GAA racked up a debt of nearly half a million euro which remained unpaid for almost a year. Mr Burke asked where the money was kept during that time.

Mr Burke slammed those in Galway GAA who attempted to prevent people like him and other honest people from getting to the truth.

He revealed there was no information from Galway GAA for the first nine months of 2018 with regard to previous financial operations, but he pointed out that many people in management were completely unaware of the problems.

But there is no need to fill the vacant CEO position, according to Mr Burke, and he called for the appointment of a full-time finance manager instead.