The president of the GAA used a speech in Co Tyrone at the weekend to thank UK taxpayers for funding his organisation.
Speaking at the Tyrone GAA Centre at Garvaghey on Saturday, Martin McAviney said that the Ulster GAA “rightly” is the recipient of “significant government investment”.
He said in his address: “I want to thank firstly the taxpayers both north and south for their contribution to the development of GAA, and secondly the government ministers who see value in supporting Ulster GAA and the money is well spent.”
He added that the GAA lobbies government daily, and that the two enjoy a “mutually beneficial relationship”.
“Government funding for personnel was maintained in 2014 and Ulster GAA is working hard with our counties to ensure this continues via our public affairs team,” he said.
He added the major areas of its spending are coaching development and community development.