Seanad debates

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business


2:30 pm

Photo of John O'MahonyJohn O'Mahony (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

On Thursday I raised the issue of governance in sport as a result of the KOSI report that was published last week and presented to the Garda by Sport Ireland. I called for the Minister, Deputy Ross, to come to the House to discuss the matter. Since then events have overtaken that request, in that the CEO, who had been appointed and was due to meet the FAI staff yesterday morning, pulled out at the last minute. I have no idea as to the reasons for that. Meanwhile regional officers, FAI staff, coaches and children's and women's teams are awaiting funding. The Minister has issued public statements but has not explained in the Houses how the funding that had been withdrawn is to be restored while all of this chaos exists in the background.

Governing bodies have previously shown that they can be turned around by appointing the right people. The Olympic Federation of Ireland is one shining example in the past three or four years. It is time for the Minister to come to the House to explain and to join up the dots as to what is happening.


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