Paying managers sums above and beyond expenses has been going on for a good while now, both at club and county level. It is against the rules of the Association but these rules are bent by using under the counter payments (i.e. off book income, generous sponsors or “supporters clubs”). Knowing that it is happening is one thing but being able to prove it is impossible for the GAA, and so it will continue.
Some clubs / counties take it to a new level with the figures being rumoured.