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GAA TO WORK IT OUT FOR PLAYERS.

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, 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."

Meanwhile, the GAA will consider an approach by Eamon Fennell for help if the in-limbo Dublin midfielder brings a challenge to the European courts.

However, Cooney insisted that Fennell has not requested any help at this point in his bid to force a transfer from O'Tooles to St Vincents.

"Number one I have had no request for that," said Cooney. "Number two, it's a matter for the Dublin county board. We don't interfere in transfer situations.

Cooney did admit though that "we will give it due consideration" if a request was made to Croke Park.

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Date:Feb 3, 2011
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