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

Photo of Imelda MunsterImelda Munster (Louth, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I congratulate the IABA on the recent Olympic success, which was a fantastic achievement. There is a feeling among some of the grassroots that there is a disconnect between the IABA board of directors, its central council and the grassroots. There is a very poor relationship there. The Holy Cross Boxing Club in Drogheda is just across the road from where I was brought up. For decades we have been able to see the commitment, dedication and hard work almost every night of the week. It is a club of the highest standard. I am sure that same commitment and dedication exists in almost every boxing club in the country.

To have that feeling of total disconnect and such a poor relationship there speaks volumes for the way the grassroots feel out of the loop and feel they are not treated as equals. Mr. Treacy from Sport Ireland has said the report he is compiling will be finished by the end of the year. I welcome that there will be consultation with all members. How does Mr. Kirwan intend to correct that and put it right so that members feel they can be listened to, have a say and do not feel that disconnect?


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