The Donegal county board says it followed the guidelines surrounding team holidays as outlined by GAA authorities in Croke Park.

A statement from the 2012 All-Ireland champions was issued today in response to an article by former manager Jim McGuinness in The Irish Times.

McGuinness outlined how he was one of seven people involved with the All-Ireland finalists in 2014 who could not travel with the team, for various reasons, on their end of season holiday to Dubai.

The Glenties man said that in some circumstances those involved could not travel because they used up their annual leave to attend training sessions.

He said that due to “an implication with revenue” the “official word from the Donegal county board was that if people couldn’t travel on the team holiday, then that was it”.”

However, McGuinness is adamant that this is not the case.

“The information I obtained from Croke Park is that if you couldn’t attend a team holiday, then you are entitled to a voucher for whatever the holiday was worth,” he said.

And now the Donegal county board have responded, saying that they adhered to the guidelines.

The statement read: “CLG Dhún na nGall wishes to clarify its position regarding the 2014 players and management teams holiday.

“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.”

Donegal won the Ulster Championship but were beaten in the All-Ireland final by Kerry.