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Minister sets up new team to tackle crisis at Sport NI

By Noel McAdam

Published 09/07/2015

Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin
Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin

Stormont Minister Caral Ni Chuilin has set up an 'interim executive team' of civil servants to tackle the crisis threatening the future of Sport NI.

Its first task will be to draw up an action plan following a damning internal report which led to the resignations of nine of Sport NI's 14 board members on Monday.

The new team's work will involve a confidential and independent survey of employees and an evaluation of the leadership of Sport NI, which is an arm's length body of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

Around 10% of Sport NI staff have made complaints about their treatment, including claims of bullying.

Other civil servants are likely to be co-opted to help ensure the organisation can function. "In light of the seriousness of the allegations made by a significant number of staff, it was important that I acted swiftly and decisively," the minister said.

"The quality of leadership and management within Sport NI is critical to its long-term success and I am introducing a package of measures to address the concerns raised and to reassure me that the organisation is fit for purpose."

Ms Ni Chuilin yesterday met the remaining board members, including chairman Brian Henning, ahead of an appearance today before the Stormont Committee which monitors her department.

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