Wednesday 21 February 2018

Coghlan will have her say

John Greene

John Greene

The Irish Sports Council and the Athletics Association of Ireland have had their say before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Arts, Sport, Tourism, Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in the aftermath of last March's High Court case involving the two bodies and Mary Coghlan, the former CEO of AAI.

On Wednesday next, Ms Coghlan gets an opportunity to give her side of the story when she appears before the members. This is likely to include some of her observations on a report submitted to the sports minister on the High Court case by sports council chief executive John Treacy and which was subsequently published on the department's website. A response to this report written by Coghlan and submitted to the minister was not published.

Meanwhile, there remain residual tensions between the council and the Irish Amateur Boxing Association after last year's stand-off over the latter's appointment of a high performance director.

The good news is that there is a thawing in the icy relationship between the two bodies. The fact that the council finally paid over a sum in the region of €100,000 due to the IABA before Christmas will no doubt help matters too.

The strategic review committee set up by the two bodies as part of their peace pact last year will meet later this month. This committee, which includes external consultants, will also assist the IABA in its modernisation programme.

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