Labour Senator, John Kelly, has criticised the decision by Donegal GAA management to splash out on a five-day training session in Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh before the All-Ireland final – claiming they would have gotten a similar deal in Roscommon or Leitrim at a fraction of the price.
“I’m all for teams being taken off to secluded location for pre-match training, but I’m baffled as to why they chose such an expensive venue when there are perfectly good alternatives just down the road in Roscommon and Leitrim.
“There are a plethora of excellent quality hotels here that could cater for a large contingent of footballers and backroom staff.
“Equally there is no shortage of great local sports facilities that would accommodate the type of high-intensity training that Donegal have in mind.
“Being married to a Donegal woman, I know full well the expectation that is being heaped upon this top team and I wish them well in the final.
However, I think the decision by top brass to spend a rumoured €20,000 on a five-day training session in the North sends out all the wrong signals, especially when more affordable options are available.”