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No further action Dublin GAA footballers won't be fined for secret training session

A Garda investigation into the team training session, which took place while the country was in Level 5 lockdown, has concluded without any fines being issued to those involved

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Some of the Dublin panel training, in breach of Covid regulations, at Innisfails.

Some of the Dublin panel training, in breach of Covid regulations, at Innisfails.

Some of the Dublin panel training, in breach of Covid regulations, at Innisfails.

The senior Dublin GAA footballers who took part in a secret training session back in March will not be fined.

A Garda investigation into the team training session, which took place while the country was in Level 5 lockdown, has concluded without any fines being issued to those involved.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has also agreed that it was not necessary to fine any players or organisers.

It has been decided that co-operation from players during the investigation was enough to wave any sanctions, the Irish Independent reported today.

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A number of Dublin GAA players took part in an unauthorised training session

A number of Dublin GAA players took part in an unauthorised training session

A number of Dublin GAA players took part in an unauthorised training session

A garda spokesperson said: “In respect of potential breaches of the public health regulations (travel restrictions), An Garda Síochána has consistently taken an approach in accordance with our stated policy of graduated response of the four Es (Engage, Explain, Encourage and as a last resort Enforce). An Garda Síochána has taken no further action.”

The training session in question raised concern when eight Dublin players and a coach were photographed at a secret training session at Innisfails GAA Club in north Dublin on March 31st.

Following their own investigation into the incident, the GAA placed a three-month ban on Dublin manager Dessie Farrell.

The Dublin team will be making their grand return in an opening match against Roscommon on Sunday as part of the National Football League.

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he GAA placed a three-month ban on Dublin manager Dessie Farrell. Photo: Sportsfile

he GAA placed a three-month ban on Dublin manager Dessie Farrell. Photo: Sportsfile

he GAA placed a three-month ban on Dublin manager Dessie Farrell. Photo: Sportsfile

 

 

Speaking to Q102 ahead of Sunday’s game, Con O'Callaghan admitted that the team were in the media “for the wrong reasons” but were eager to move on from the controversy.

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He said: “It's probably something we discussed a little bit, and we were in the media for the wrong reasons, obviously.

“I suppose we have kind of moved on from that now. It was a couple of weeks ago, and we've taken our learnings from it. It wasn't something we planned for but we're just dealing with it and moving on.”

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