The Donegal County Board has responded to Jim McGuinness’ comments in his Irish Times article today regarding the 2014 team holiday insisting they followed the correct guidelines as set out by Croke Park.
McGuinness, the most successful manager in the county’s history after leading the Ulster side to an All-Ireland title in 2012 and three provincial titles during his four-year term, highlighted complaints he had over the end of season holiday to Dubai last year.
In what was McGuiness’ final year in charge, Donegal lost to Kerry in the All-Ireland Final and in today’s column titled ‘Sadly I must wash some dirty linen in public’, discussed the holiday which saw seven members of the party, including himself, not travel to the United Arab Emirates.
The current Celtic employee writes that he was told at the time that holiday vouchers could not be issued to those who couldn't travel because there was an “implication with revenue”. However when he consulted Croke Park on the issue, he was told those not travelling were entitled to travel vouchers.
Croke Park issued a sum of €80,000 towards the team holiday, but the non-travelling members failed to receive any of the travel vouchers.
McGuinness argues that it is about respect rather than the holiday, but the County Board has responded to the claims of their former manager, denying any wrong-doing.
“CLG Dhún na nGall wishes to clarify its position regarding the 2014 players and management teams holiday,” the statement read.
“CLG Dhún na nGall correctly followed all guidelines as issued by Croke Park to Donegal County Committee regarding holidays and are satisfied that the holiday was organised fully in accordance with those guidelines as has been confirmed by Croke Park.”
Nowhere on the GAA calendar do we get so much hyperbole, exaggeration and absence of common sense than in the week after the All-Ireland football final. Especially as happened last week when one team wins that final decisively against the holders of the Sam Maguire cup.