Friday 15 December 2017

Dáil team plays tough

John Greene

John Greene

TWO of the three parties in the dispute which led to former Athletics Ireland CEO Mary Coghlan taking a case against AI and the Irish Sports Council to the High Court have now appeared before a Dáil committee.

The ISC met with the Committee on Tourism, Culture, Sport, Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs in October and AI met with the same committee last Wednesday.

Both appearances were thoroughly uncomfortable outings, first for ISC chief executive John Treacy, then for AI president Liam Hennessy, who emphatically denied reports that he had claimed to have 'spoofed' and 'prevaricated' the last time he had been with the committee.

Key members of this committee such as Mary Upton, Michael Kennedy, Tom Kitt and John O'Mahony have been pushing hard around governance issues in Irish sport, and have asked searching and pertinent questions of both organisations. Coghlan herself, it was confirmed last week, has been invited to appear before the committee on January 12.

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