Laois hurling manager Eddie Brennan feels that the GAA have made a mistake by controversially deciding to introduce ticket price hikes for both leagues and championship.

The issue was discussed in the Dáil yesterday as Tánaiste Simon Coveney said it was strictly a matter for the GAA.

"It’s a funny one, we are talking about the economy and people say it’s clipping along nicely, but I don’t know," Brennan told RTÉ Sport.

"I think it’s a level of opportunism and it’s not the right opportunism."

Most notably tickets for this year’s GAA All-Ireland senior hurling and football finals will increase by €10 to €90 for stand tickets and by €5 for Hill 16 tickets to €45.

In the Allianz Leagues, tickets for matches in Divisions 1 and 2 in football and for games in Divisions 1A and 1B in hurling will increase by €3 from €12 to €15 when pre-purchased before match-day.

"We need people coming to support matches, in a way it seems a bit like punishment of loyalty. I think if the attendances are up, then brilliant our ticket prices are right, so maybe leave well enough alone.

"The evidence will be seen in the next few weeks we will see very quickly what the public thinks of it."

Brennan's Laois will get their League campaign underway on Sunday with a trip to play Galway.

Then six days later they will take on Waterford at home in O'Moore Park.