Cathal Dunbar: avoided suspension and played a key role in Naomh Éanna’s Wexford county final win. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

It slipped by without much comment but Wexford hurler Cathal Dunbar’s absence because of suspension from Naomh Éanna’s win over Camross in the club’s (...)

Fine Gael wants to avoid a repeat of a row before the last election, which saw a  former minister of State take the party to court in a dispute over a selection convention. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Fine Gael is taking advice from the GAA on how to settle disputes as it attempts to put structures in place to avoid internal rows ending in expensive(...)

Referee Fergal Horgan red cards Tadhg De Burca of Waterford. Photograph: Inpho

Waterford are expected to take Tadhg de Búrca’s case to the independent Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA), after he was unsuccessful at Central Appe(...)

Dublin’s Philly McMahon: his one-game ban  in respect of the league final  on 9th April  was announced on Twitter after a hearing on 22nd May – more than seven weeks later. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

And so, the circus wouldn’t leave town. It wasn’t until Tuesday afternoon that word went around of Diarmuid Connolly’s likely appearance at that night(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly confronts linesman Ciaran Branagan at the Leinster GAA Senior Football Championship quarter-final against Carlow at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, last Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Diarmuid Connolly found himself – not for the first time – at the nexus between problems for the Dublin footballers and the GAA’s disciplinary system.(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly is red-carded by Joe McQuillan during the 2015 All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) has had an unscheduled change of personnel that will sees former Offaly hurler Rory Hanniffy take over as sec(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly leaves the pitch after being sent off in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final. GAA Director Páraic Duffy has said that Connolly sometimes gets “a bad press”. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Páraic Duffy has defended the GAA against the charge that they did not give a fair hearing to the players’ proposals for football championship reform,(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly and Lee Keegan of Mayo shake hands following Dublin’s win in the replayed semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin footballer Diarmuid Connolly was controversially cleared by the DRA of a one-match suspension in the early hours of the morning before the coun(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin. In pursuit ofsuccess he had to recast Dublin as ateam that could embrace a more formidable defensive approach while  still posing a threat at the other end. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

It wasn’t just the sight of Dublin and Kerry contesting an All-Ireland final that gave Sunday a back-to-the-future atmosphere. The incessant ra(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly and Mayo’s Lee Keegan shake hands after the semi-final replay: Keegan was named Opel GAA/GPA Footballer of the Month for August. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The latest advocate of improved respect for referees is somewhat unexpected. Lee Keegan has tangled with authority over the past 12 months. A year ago(...)

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