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Kellie Harrington, her Olympic gold medal, and Ireland's former high performance director Bernard Dunne. Picture by Brendan Moran

Kellie Harrington, her Olympic gold medal, and Ireland's former high performance director Bernard Dunne. Picture by Brendan Moran

Mr Chambers previously criticised what he said was the “disgrace” that led to Bernard Dunne’s (pictured) departure as high-performance director at the start of May. Photo: Sportsfile

Mr Chambers previously criticised what he said was the “disgrace” that led to Bernard Dunne’s (pictured) departure as high-performance director at the start of May. Photo: Sportsfile

Sports Minister Jack Chambers

Sports Minister Jack Chambers

Jack Chambers

Jack Chambers

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Kellie Harrington, her Olympic gold medal, and Ireland's former high performance director Bernard Dunne. Picture by Brendan Moran

Government funding for Irish amateur boxing will be cut by 15pc as early as next week — with all state backing withdrawn by next year — unless the sport’s governing body agrees to major reforms within days, the Sunday Independent can reveal.

Sports Minister Jack Chambers has summoned the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA), which is responsible for developing Ireland’s Olympic boxers, to a meeting on Wednesday — where he will warn that it risks losing all state funding by the start of 2023 if it does not accept reforms laid out in a recent governance review.


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