Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Sport Timmy Dooley is calling on the Government to appoint a Special Mediator to try to resolve the row in Irish boxing which will see head coach Billy Walsh leave to work in America.

Speaking this morning Deputy Dooley said he was “very disappointed and concerned” by the row and worried about the “long term implications for Irish boxing, particularly given the success of Mr. Walsh as head of the High Performance Unit.

Deputy Dooley commented: “This is a very worrying row that has followed eight months of negotiations between Billy Walsh and the Irish Amateur Boxing Association. I welcome the fact that the Taoiseach has described the loss of Walsh to Irish boxing as ‘unthinkable’ but I am urging him to involve himself now and appointed a special mediator.

“I believe it may be possible to pull this back from the brink and indeed every effort should be made to do so.  A special mediator, with proven dispute-resolution skills could prove pivotal here and would be able to meet all sides in the row.  The Government has already appointed former LRC chief executive Kieran Mulvey as the Chairman Designate of the new Sport Ireland body.  As a new strategy to try to resolve this dispute a new mediation process should be given immediate consideration by the Government.”