U-21 training ban breached - Duffy
As 11 senior inter-county squads are free to return to official collective sessions next weekend, the GAA's director-general, Páraic Duffy, has conceded that breaches of the training ban occur.
While Duffy specifically mentioned U-21 football as the grade where it is most prevalent, anecdotal evidence points to violations at senior level too.
Under rule, senior squads are allowed to return to collective training on specified dates between November 15 and December 29.
January 1 is the first allowable training date in U-21 football but Duffy acknowledged that the rule is being ignored in some counties.
Asked why no action was taken against offenders, he said it was very difficult to compile the necessary evidence since squads would have to be caught training in order to make a case.
The following are the allowable return dates for senior county squads this year, as per their exit date from the All-Ireland championships.
Nov 15: Carlow, Down, Laois, Limerick, Leitrim, Wicklow, Waterford, London.
Dec 1: Offaly, Clare, Cavan, Antrim, Wexford, Meath, Armagh, Louth, Longford, Roscommon, Tipperary, Derry, Cork, Westmeath.
Dec 8: Galway, Sligo, Kildare, Fermanagh, Monaghan, Donegal, Tyrone.
Dec 29: Mayo, Dublin, Kerry.
Nov 15: Carlow, Kerry.
Dec 1: Laois, Westmeath, Offaly, Wexford, Limerick, Clare, Cork, Dublin.
Dec 8: Tipperary, Waterford.
Dec 29: Galway, Kilkenny.