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200 JOBS COULD BE ON CARDS.

Byline: MICHAEL SCULLY

GAA PRESIDENT Christy Cooney is hopeful 200 jobs can be generated for out of work GAA players by next autumn.

The Tus initiative was announced before Christmas by the Government, with 5,000 new jobs pledged through the funding of the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Since then Pat Daly has been working on an application to the Department to take people on through the scheme.

"We are awaiting some response from the department of exactly how it can work," said Cooney, pictured, who was speaking at the launch of the GAA's charity link-up with Tracey Piggott's Play for Life organisation.

"We are keen to be involved and we are keen to take some people on that can assist, particularly in the urban areas in coaching structures, in bringing the game to some people and develop it from there.

"We are very supportive of the project and happy to be involved. It is a question of just working out the mechanics."

He added: "There is a bit of flux now in the political scene so it could take a little bit longer."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 3, 2011
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