Con­cern over se­lec­tion of Horse Ire­land chief

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By John Dren­nan

SE­RI­OUS con­cerns have been ex­pressed by the Irish show-jump­ing com­mu­nity over the ap­point­ment process to ap­point the new head of Horse Sport Ire­land.

Wor­ries are grow­ing over the ab­sence of any de­clared in­ter­view process prior to the se­lec­tion of the new chair­per­son by Sports Min­is­ter Shane Ross and Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Michael Creed.

Horse Sport Ire­land (HSI) deals with the show-jump­ing and three-day event­ing wing of the Irish horse in­dus­try and the chair­per­son’s fee is €12,600, plus travel and sub­sis­tence.

The re­cently-ad­ver­tised post stated an assess­ment panel would be con­vened by the de­part­ments of Agri­cul­ture and Trans­port, Tourism and Sport to de­cide on the new chair­per­son by ‘the con­sid­er­a­tion of the writ­ten ap­pli­ca­tions via a meet­ing or con­fer­ence call and ref­eree checks or by any other se­lec­tion method deemed ap­pro­pri­ate’.

In­dus­try sources within the in­dus­try are as­ton­ished over the ab­sence of an in­de­pen­dent body or in­ter­view process for the key post.

One se­nior fig­ure warned: ‘A chair­man could be cho­sen by the toss of a coin or with­out ever un­der­go­ing an in­ter­view or be­ing obliged to meet any­body rel­e­vant.

‘We’re also con­cerned over how Min­is­ter Creed on his own makes the ap­point­ments.’

An­other said: ‘The two min­is­ters have taken con­trol of the process, from spec­i­fi­ca­tions to ap­point­ing the assess­ment panel, to the method of se­lec­tion of a list of suitable ap­pli­cants from whom Min­is­ter Creed will ap­point the chair­man.’

ap­poiNT­meNT: Min­is­ter Shane Ross

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