Saturday 23 November 2019

Coghlan on right track

John Greene

Eamonn Coghlan finds himself in an interesting position. This week he will take his seat in the Seanad and another chapter in the life of the chairman of the boards begins. (One wag suggested last week that he might be renamed the chairman of the boreds after a spell in the upper house.)

Coghlan, one of the 11 picks of Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the Seanad, carries credibility within Irish sport, primarily because of his achievements as an athlete. He now finds himself with a real platform to make his voice heard. There cannot be many as embedded in Irish sport -- and Irish athletics in particular -- as the Dubliner. He is also a coach, an administrator, an enthusiastic supporter and a pundit.

Furthermore, he was appointed to the board of the Irish Sports Council by Martin Cullen in September 2009, another position which gives him an invaluable insight into key aspects of Irish sport. As a member of the board, Coghlan (pictured) is privy to, and involved in, discussions surrounding the funding of our elite athletes, the national governing bodies and, importantly, the local sports partnerships. This should give him a wide overview of the Irish sporting landscape and a breadth of knowledge which should be of benefit to the Oireachtas.

Coghlan should look to find his feet, and his voice, as quickly as possible in the Seanad.

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