17 Jan 2017, 14.46

17 January 2017

The Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport will tomorrow meet to consider the challenges, strategies and governance of sport in Ireland. In the first of a series of meetings, the Committee will hear from Mr. John Delaney, CEO of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), Mr. Páraic Duffy, Director General of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and Mr. Philip Browne, CEO of the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU).

The meeting will commence at 2.00pm in Committee Room 3 tomorrow, Wednesday, 18 January 2017.

Committee Chairman, Brendan Griffin TD, said “As the heads of the three largest sporting organisations in the country, we very much welcome the opportunity to hear from Mr. Delaney, Mr. Duffy and Mr. Browne on the challenges, strategies and governance of sport in Ireland. Across the three organisations there are no doubt many common challenges, such as encouraging greater participation in sport, but there are also many opportunities, such as social inclusion and engagement, in a country that identifies heavily with sport of all kinds.”

“This is the first in a series of meetings and in this session, the Committee will look to discuss a range of issues such as the level of funding allocated to sport in Ireland, the effectiveness of the Sports Capital Programme, how to enhance engagement in sport at all levels, the participation on State-funded sport boards and, more generally, how women and girls can be further encouraged to participate in sport in Ireland. Members will also look to discuss the strategic plans of these organisations into the future and will aim to identify how best the FAI, GAA and IRFU can maintain and grow their presence in Irish culture and society.”

Committee proceedings can be viewed live here.

The meeting will also be broadcast on Facebook Live.

Committee proceedings can also be viewed on the move, through the Houses of the Oireachtas Smartphone App, available for Apple and Android devices.


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Anti-Austerity Alliance - People Before Profit

Sinn Féin

Social Democrats

Fine Gael

Fianna Fáil

Fianna Fáil


Fine Gael

Fine Gael

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