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
I will continue asking questions because I do not want my time to be used without me being able to ask questions. Mr. Kirwan made the point the IABA is about clubs and membership. That is how any sporting organisation should be. He stated it is a 32-county organisation, but that is not the case now in light of what was said earlier. Provincial councils and a county board have withdrawn their support and letters have been sent to them. The people in those entities do not know whether they are insured to box and so on. Mr. Kirwan mentioned the GAA. I served at club, county, provincial and national levels within that organisation and there is a structure, which I do not think there is within the IABA. There is no clear link between the members and boxing and what it is all about.
My questions are directed at Mr. Carruth. When I examined the financial statements submitted to the Companies Registration Office, CRO, an annual return was submitted for 2017 rather than the audited accounts. Was there a reason for that? The accounts for 2018 and 2019 contain a caveat from the auditor such that certain parts, including those relating to income and expenditure, do not form part of the auditing statement. Why is that?