Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 3 November 2021
Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport And Media
Governance in Irish Athletic Boxing Association: Discussion
Mr. Ciaran Kirwan:
There are regular communications. For example, the president sits on our board, as well as the presidents of Leinster and Ulster and the nominees of the presidents of Connacht and Munster. Therefore, there is a constant line of communication. There is no difficulty with communication. What we do not do, and could not possibly do as a board, is to get involved in the day-to-day running of club or provincial boxing or even the senior championships, which are the highlight of our calendar year but that are run by our central council. What has happened in the organisation this year is that three of the units, those cited by the Deputy, namely, Connacht, Leinster and the Dublin county board unilaterally withdrew their support on their own terms from a superior body. That superior body reacted to that by seeking their expulsion. The matter came before the board and it, in accordance with our procedures and proper corporate governance, referred the issue to our membership panel. It is not a disciplinary matter because it is a membership issue and it goes to a membership panel that is fully independent. That is where this matter is now and it would not be proper for me to talk about this issue any more or to prejudge what the outcome in respect of that decision might be.