The Government have extended Kieran Mulvey’s tenure as chairman of Sport Ireland after failing to campaign for his successor – despite the two-year contract extension he was granted in 2020, which expires this week.
ulvey, who was formerly head of the Workplace Relations Commission, has been head of Sport Ireland since 2015.
He had previously been Chairman of its predecessor, the Irish Sports Council, since 2010.
“Corporate governance at Sport Ireland is a loose concept that has been selectively adopted over the years”
A spokesman for Sport Minister Catherine Martin said: “A process involving Sport Ireland, the Department and the Public Appointments Service has been ongoing for several months to select suitable candidates to fill the forthcoming vacancy of Sport Ireland Chair.
“The necessary documentation, including the position’s information brochure, is now prepared – and the position will be advertised in the coming weeks,” he said.
The department said Catherine Martin, along with junior secretary for sport Jack Chambers, had agreed to extend Mulvey’s term by six months from September 30 or until a new leader is appointed, whichever comes first.
The extension extends Mulvey’s tenure as Chair of Ireland’s leading sport administration to over 12 years, including his time as head of the Irish Sports Council from 2010 to 2015.
Sport Ireland was formed by merging the Council with the National Sports Campus Development Authority.
The two-year extension of Mulvey’s contract in 2020 drew criticism from Imelda Munster, a Sinn Féin TD on the Oireachtas Committee on Sport.
when Mulvey and John Treacy, then chief executive of Sport Ireland, appeared before the committee in November 2020.
Minister Martin had extended both Mulvey and Treacy’s tenure as she wanted her expertise to guide sports bodies through the challenges of the pandemic.
Treacy was born in late 2021 by Dr. Una May succeeded as chief executive.
Imelda Munster said it was “ironic” that Sport Ireland had referred to seeking “strong leadership” in the bodies it funds, given what had happened to the FAI.
“We can understand how people would see the irony in that, considering Mr Treacy has been in office for 22 years and Mr Mulvey for 12 years – apparently in breach of government guidelines for state bodies,” Sinn Féin told TD.
John Treacy countered that Sport Ireland did not control all of the FAI’s finances at the time as funding from Sport Ireland was low.
Ms Munster said she had “no faith” in Sport Ireland’s leadership.
This weekend, Marc McSharry, an independent TD for Sligo-Leitrim, said nothing surprised him when it came to leading Sport Ireland.
“Corporate governance at Sport Ireland is a loose concept that has been selectively adopted over the years – as evidenced by the hands-on approach at Boxing Ireland and the ambivalence and light-heartedness of the FAI.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/kieran-mulveys-tenure-as-sport-ireland-chairman-set-to-continue-42015059.html Kieran Mulvey’s tenure as chairman of Sport Ireland continues