6 DFómh 2020, 18.05

The Joint Committee on Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht will meet tomorrow, Wednesday, 7 October, at 2.55pm in Committee Room 3 of Leinster House with representatives of the Federation of Irish Sport to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on sporting organisations and organised sporting events.

The Federation will be represented by its CEO Mary O’Connor, who will be joined by Niamh Daffy, CEO, CARA; Hamish McAdams, CEO, Athletics Ireland; David McGill, CEO, Badminton Ireland; and Peter Conway, Chairperson, Swim Ireland.

Committee Chair Deputy Niamh Smyth said: “Covid-19 has impacted sport across the country, from children’s club games to elite professional athletes. Irish people love sport and since the pandemic struck they have been denied to the opportunity to go to games and experience the excitement of watching their club, county or provinces in action.

“This lack of spectators has hurt our clubs and sporting organisations hard in terms of lost revenues which will see many of them struggle with their finances in the weeks and months ahead. This is the Committee’s first public meeting of this Dáil and Seanad, and Members are anxious to hear the views of the representatives of the Federation of Irish Sport on how Covid-19 has impacted its member organisations and their sporting events.”

The Joint Committee on Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht has 14 Members, nine from the Dáil and five from the Seanad.

The meeting in Committee Room 3 can be viewed live on Oireachtas TV.

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

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Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin

Niamh Smyth - Cathaoirleach

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Fianna Fáil

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