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The Leinster Rugby Inclusivity Committee have given their first update since their establishment late last season.  (stock photo)

The Leinster Rugby Inclusivity Committee have given their first update since their establishment late last season. (stock photo)

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The Leinster Rugby Inclusivity Committee have given their first update since their establishment late last season. (stock photo)

The Leinster Rugby Inclusivity Committee have given their first update since their establishment late last season.

At the 2019 Leinster Rugby Branch AGM, Moira Flahive BL was appointed as chair of the newly formed committee and six or so months into the new role, Flahive discussed the progress to date but also her hopes for the future.

"It's been a great few months," Flahive explains, "ultimately we are starting out with a blank canvas and a focus on the girls and the women's game within Leinster Rugby but beyond that the remit of the committee is broader and we would hope to address other aspects of inclusivity like disability and LGBT rights in time.

"For now, though, we are focused on the job at hand and we have been meeting on a monthly basis as a committee and met most recently last week actually. The buy-in has been great from everyone on the committee."

Flahive, a barrister practising on the Dublin and south-eastern circuits, is a member of the Council of the Bar of Ireland and is the chair of the equality, diversity and inclusivity committee of the Bar of Ireland.

"We can't do this on our own but we are the vehicle set up to address those issues. We have a strong and clear mandate and have the full backing of the Branch executive," she said.

"No stone will be left unturned to ensure that when this process is complete that we don't have two player pathways, we have one, and that one pathway caters for boys and girls, men and women. That will be the new Leinster Rugby and it is something that I am very excited about."

A video of the full interview with Moira Flahive is available on the Leinster Rugby YouTube page.

Anyone interested in contacting the committee is encouraged to get in touch with their area representative on the committee.

Inclusivity Committee 2019/'20: Moira Flahive, Chairperson; Lorna Quinn, Hon Secretary - Leinster Women's Team Manager; Debbie Carty, Junior Vice President Leinster Branch; Cathy Bryce, Independent; Sarah Bean, Independent; Gráinne Carroll, Youths Rugby; Adam Malin, Schools Rugby; Ciarán O'Brien, Referees; Rachel O'Brien, Women's Committee; Enda Finn, North Midlands Area; Lorcan Kirk, North East Area; Ali Nolan, Metro Area; Cora Browne, South East Area; Michael Lambe, Midlands Area; Jacinta O' Rourke, Senior Clubs; Trevor Merry, Senior Clubs.

Irish Independent