Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Sport, Kevin O’Keeffe has said it’s a sorry state of affairs when Irish Olympic silver medallists aren’t able to attend World Rowing Championships because of a lack of funding.

“It has come to light that brothers, Gary and Paul O’Donovan who won silver in Rio, and Sanita Puspure who won gold in the Women’s B Singles at last year’s world championships will not be competing at this year’s championships in Austria because of a lack of government funding.

“Despite Irish rowing going through a golden age over the past number of years, government funding has not increased over that period.

“Rowing Ireland is being asked to do more and more without additional government support. They now have to skip various world events simply because they can’t afford the travel and accommodation costs.

“Ministers Ross and Griffin should be ashamed of themselves. There will be fewer opportunities for them to jump on the bandwagon if our rowers can’t get to compete.

“I’ve written to the Minister requesting that additional funding is made available to Rowing Ireland to ensure that our world beating rowers never miss out on representing their country because of a lack of funds,” concluded O’Keeffe.