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Last year
Construction to begin on national velodrome centre next year
A planning application for the project was lodged by Sport Ireland in August.
# Assistance
National Indoor Athletics Training Centre to be used for emergency refugee accommodation
The facility will be available for a period of up to six weeks.
# physical activity
Sport Ireland to spend €300,000 on campaign to engage 'inactive teenage girls' in sport
A 2018 report outlined that only 7% of teenage girls meet the recommended guidelines for daily activity.
Consultant role to assist Sport Ireland in developing transgender policy goes unfilled
Chief Executive of Sport Ireland Dr Una May said Sport Ireland wants to provide governing bodies with general guidance and support.
# electricity shortage
Winter blackout risk to stadium and pitch lighting may result in sports groups getting supports
Chief Executive of Sport Ireland Dr Una May says they are conscious that sports bodies could potentially be impacted.
# statement
Sport Ireland cut IABA's core funding for 2022 by 15% in the wake of EGM
Dr Una May, the Sport Ireland chief executive, expressed her disappointment at the conduct of the IABA.
# new boss
Sport Ireland appoint Dr Una May as new CEO
Dr May has been a highly influential figure in Sport Ireland since 1998 and was the pick of both internal and external candidates to replace the retired John Treacy.
All time
# No Confidence
'Untrustworthy leadership' - Irish players write to government to express loss of faith in IRFU
A group of 62 current and former players have come together to signal their discontent.
# Announcement
John Treacy to retire as CEO of Sport Ireland
The 64-year-old has been chief executive of the organisation since 2015.
# extra support
Irish sport to receive €65m in additional funding this year
The announcement was made today by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, and the Minister of State for Sport, Jack Chambers.
# Money Talks
Women in Sport programmes to receive €4 million government funding
The funding will be shared across 45 national governing bodies.
# Review
Three Irish athletes returned positive doping samples in 2020
A total of 1,045 tests were performed last year.
# annual investment
State funding of €5.8 million to FAI on hold pending approval by Sport Ireland
Meanwhile, the GAA has been granted €2.4 million while €2.25 million has gone to the IRFU.
# Report
New research shows reasons many Irish teenage girls don't take part in sport
By the age of 13-15 many girls have labelled themselves ‘not sporty’ and are far less likely to participate in sport.
# Memories
'It was the most special day of my career and I spent it with Jerry Kiernan'
Sport Ireland CEO and former athlete John Treacy pays tribute to his late friend.
# Governance
Government explain reappointment of Kieran Mulvey as Sport Ireland Chair
Mr. Mulvey is not in breach of Sport Ireland’s two-term board limit, having previously served as Chair of the Irish Sports Council.
# Support
Irish sport to benefit from 'unprecedented' €85 million funding package
‘The government recognises the vital contribution that sport has made to public health throughout the Covid-19 pandemic,’ said Minister Catherine Martin.
# Risk
What is being done to stop another George Gibney in Irish sport?
Dr Una May of Sport Ireland and Swim Ireland’s Kate Hills on child protection in Irish sport.
# Bail Out
Sport Ireland say rescue deal depends on FAI implementing rule changes
Sport Ireland have warned the FAI to pass governance reforms at their EGM or face missing out on funding.
# violation
Irish swimmer banned over presence of prohibited substance in eczema cream
Athlone native Robbie Powell was flagged for clostebol in a test taken last November.
# Finances
Munster CEO says the province is 'overly reliant on matchday income'
Selling the naming rights for Thomond Park remains a possibility.
# drugs in sport
Irish amateur wrestler given four-year ban for doping violation
The athlete failed her doping control test in November and the four-year ban is place since December.
# anti-doping
Sport Ireland will not appeal Cronin's 'quite lenient' one-month ban
The 29-year-old tested positive for prednisolone and prednisone last November.
# nature moves
A little added nature in your exercise goes a long way
With sportspeople off, healthcare workers are the high-performance operators still standing and they, like the rest of us, can take a benefit from meaningful time outdoors.
# statement
Carlow footballer filed appeal to reduce anti-doping ban before accepting four-year suspension
Ray Walker yesterday confirmed his acceptance of the ban.
# Review
Sport Ireland considering appeal against James Cronin's one-month ban for doping violation
CEO John Treacy agreed the punishment is lenient.
Report reveals seven anti-doping violations in Ireland last year
Elsewhere, Sport Ireland’s testing routines have been interrupted by the Covid-19 shutdown.
# strict liability
Munster prop Cronin 'bears at least some fault' for failed anti-doping test
The judicial officer said he had ‘some sympathy for the player’ but that he could have done more.
# Covid-19
Sport Ireland to scale back athlete drug-testing but not 'ruling it out completely by any means'
Dr Una May says the organisation will follow statutory guidelines while continuing to test athletes in certain cases despite the restrictive circumstances.
# Concern
'In 20 odd years, I've never been tested by Sport Ireland. That doesn't look good for our sport'
Karate star Caradh O’Donovan wants more athletes to speak up.
# Player Welfare
Cocaine, concussion and creating a new future top of upcoming PFA Ireland agenda
General secretary Stephen McGuinness admits the lack of knowledge and attitudes towards recreational drugs is a “serious concern” as the PFAI prepare to visit clubs next week.
# Progress
Sport Ireland confirm maternity pay for top Irish athletes
Athletes will be paid for 12 months.
# another dark day
Another grim day shows how Irish football has been failed by more than just the top of the FAI
The FAI was again the talking point in Leinster House, as Minister Shane Ross and Sport Ireland were in the spotlight.
# Absent
FAI turn down latest invite to appear before Oireachtas Sport Committee
Minister Shane Ross and Sport Ireland will appear at Leinster House tomorrow, however.
# crisis
Staff criticise lack of information over finances as FAI confirm Oireachtas Committee appearance
Sports minister Shane Ross and Sport Ireland will not be appearing alongside the football body on Wednesday, however.
# forensic accountantS
Sport Ireland refers audit report of FAI to An Garda Síochána
Sport Ireland decided to suspend and withhold future funding to the FAI in April.
# Added time
FAI request postponement of return appearance before Oireachtas Committee
The Association were due at government buildings on 16 October, a day after Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifier away to Switzerland.
Independent audit of FAI pushed back to 'review extra material' following Delaney's departure
Sport Ireland has requested its scheduled appearance at an Oireachtas committee later this month be delayed.
# Unimpressed
'I’m almost in despair' - Brian Kerr slams FAI's proposals for reform
In a wide-ranging interview, the former Irish boss flags his concerns with the FAI’s new rules and how little respect he has for those that got Irish football into this mess.
# poliical football
Donal Conway to seek reelection at next week's FAI AGM after 'resounding victory'
The package of 78 recommendations put forward by the Sport Ireland/FAI Governance Review Group was passed with a margin of 116-2 at an EGM this evening.