THE chief executive of the Community Games has been suspended from his position pending an internal investigation.
Fiachra O'Mathuna has confirmed he is on leave from his €65,000-a-year post.
The Herald understands that the voluntary board of Community Games is probing a number of issues relating to the running of the organisation's offices in Dublin.
Informed sources said Mr O'Mathuna is contesting a number of allegations which have been made and believes he was unfairly suspended from his position.
"There's something of a stand-off over this now," said one informed source.
A mediator, appointed by the Irish Sports Council, has been brought in to liaise with Mr O'Mathuna and the board of the Community Games while the investigation continues.
"Mr O'Mathuna is suspended on full pay and this in no way reflects on the investigation or its outcome but the board of the Community Games organisation has authorised talks through an intermediary," a source added.
A spokesman for the Sports Council, the main funder of the Community Games, said it was aware of the circumstances of Mr O'Mathuna's situation.
The spokesman added: "The Sports Council has been involved in bringing in an independent mediator to help resolve the dispute."
He said the body would not comment further as it was a matter for the Board of the Community Games. The organisation's President Gerry Davenport said that it would not be making any comment.