Kevin McStay believes there are immediate fixes to help make the Leinster Championship more competitive such as the question of Dublin playing some fixtures outside of Croke Park.

Speaking on the RTÉ GAA Podcast, alongside former Westmeath footballer John Connellan - author of an open letter which stated that "Leinster football is, to all intents and purposes, dead" amid Dublin's dominance at senior inter-county level and that the championship should be boycotted until there is a more fair distribution of funding throughout the province - McStay feels that taking funding from Dublin and reallocating that to other county boards is not the answer to the problem.

"There are so many county boards that are not geared up to make the connections," he said.

"The idea that that would be the solution would be preposterous. It is not. So what I prefer to dig into is: What is the common denominator? What's the golden thread linking the Dublin renaissance?

"Because remember Dublin were a basket case for quite a while too. They figured it out then eventually."

For McStay, the answer to who or what has been the "golden thread" underpinning Dublin's success has been the county board's CEO John Costello in terms of the structures and coaching put in place over a period of time.

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"The strategy was executed, the money was used wisely, the linkage between the teams and high performance and the absolute insistence that good coaches was the top standard that they could possibly get," he continued.

In terms of of possible "immediate fixes" to the issue of Dublin's dominance at elite level in Leinster is the question of venue for championship matches according to to McStay.

"The point I keep making is why don't we do a few immediate fixes," he said.

"In 1890, Laois played Dublin for the first time in the Leinster Championship. In the 130 years since, there have been 35 matches between Laois and Dublin. None of them have ever been played in Laois. Just think about that for a second.

"Why are these Leinster matches not on in a home and away basis? If it's not about money, can't Dublin play Wicklow down in Aughrim and then if they're playing them the next year, it's back up wherever Dublin want to play. 

"Three years ago, Laois drew Dublin in Portlaoise and what did they do, they took it out of a football ground and put it in Nowlan Park and they said that was a bad mistake. The reason it was taken out of Portlaoise and put into Nowlan Park, as I understand it, is the seating arrangements. There was more seating available in Nowlan Park.

"Let's do what's doable. The venue thing could be done immediately and accepted by all."  

He added that being an away team or playing at a neutral venue means "things can happen" in terms of creating more unpredictability.

"It's the easiest fix," McStay said.

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