GAA director general Páraic Duffy claims that the organisation must deal with the issue of inter-county manager payments and that "legalising" payments is a serious option.

A long awaited 29-page discussion document was released today which will be the basis of a meeting of county officials to discuss the issue this Saturday.

The document offers three options as to how the association can deal with the controversial issue.

The first option - and the one least likely to gain support - is to ignore the issue and "to continue with the current policy, whereby the Association is aware that its rules are being broken, but decides that this is tolerable."

The second option is "to implement fully the Association's existing policy, rules and guidelines on our amateur status."

While the third, and perhaps most controversial option laid out by Duffy in the document, is to introduce a system of regulated payments to senior inter-county managers.

However, he did admit that paying managers officially would be difficult to justify when inter-county players retain their status as unpaid amateurs.

Duffy went on to reveal that he wants to see a working group set up to oversee the formulation of an official GAA policy on unregulated payments to mangers and management teams.

Read Páraic Duffy's full report here.

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