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 Chris AndrewsChris Andrews (Dublin Bay South, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I will start by congratulating the high performance unit on a fantastic Olympics. It was really exciting. I extend special congratulations to Kellie Harrington and Aidan Walsh who delivered medals, but also to the other members of the squad who did a fantastic job and got us all excited.

It is important to acknowledge that the IABA is a 32-county organisation. During the conflict, with strong differing views, the boxing community still came to the National Stadium and boxing operated on a bipartisan basis.

It seems to me the IABA is here as a result of what I heard described as noise and disputes, but I also feel there is political interference. I understand it will always have internal differences as an organisation, and it is entitled to argue and disagree. That will always happen. Equally, it must be done within the rules and proper corporate governance must be observed. A lot of the conflict has its roots in the article in the Irish Examiner, which outlined that the president of the IABA had reported Fine Gael councillor, Andrew Duncan, to the Garda for breach of Covid rules. I am not sure about the status of the investigation, but perhaps Deputy Dillon or Senator Carrigy could give us an update on the investigation into their colleague, Councillor Duncan.


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