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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 1368 - Drugs in sport [54635/17]. (16 Jan 2018)

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1368. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the discussions his Department has had with Sport Ireland in 2017 regarding the adequacy of its resources for anti-doping in sport; and his plans to increase funding specifically for this purpose. [54635/17]


Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Sport Ireland is designated as the National Anti-Doping Organisation for Ireland. Clause 22.6 of the World Anti-Doping Code states that "Each government will respect the autonomy of a National Anti-Doping Organization in its country and not interfere in its operational decisions and activities


  Notwithstanding that I, as Minister, have responsibility for the oversight of Sport Ireland and I fully respect the autonomy of Sport Ireland in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code.


  Accordingly, it would not be appropriate for me or my Department to intervene in the operational decisions and activities of the Anti-Doping Unit of Sport Ireland, including the nature and manner of Sport Ireland’s spending in this area.


  My Department receives regular updates on the activities of the Anti-Doping Unit as part of the formal liaison meetings between my Department and Sport Ireland.


  In the event that Sport Ireland considers that additional investment is required for the anti-doping effort, it is open to Sport Ireland to make the case for such funding in the context of the annual budgeting process.

Item Type
Dail Debates
Publication Type
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco), CNS stimulants, New psychoactive substance
Intervention Type
Screening / Assessment
16 January 2018

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