ILDSA suspend North Channel committee over conflict of interest allegations
In an unprecedented move, in the last few days, the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association, ILDSA, executive committee has suspended the North Channel committee pending investigation of "conflict of interest". I am unsure of how many people are affected but the NC committee seems to have been operating as a two person operation.
No public detail has yet been shared. Allegations have been circulating amongst at least some members of the Irish marathon and North Channel swimming communities.
The ILDSA want all planned 2015 swims to go ahead and will be working with at least two of the pilots to ensure no effect to swimmers.
Long term implications are unknown.
I have emailed ILDSA committee members, NC swimmers, Swim Ireland and Swim Ulster for comments or answers to a long list of initial questions, where relevant which include but is not limited to the below list. I have left out some more sensitive questions which might be misinterpreted in public debate. I will update with anything official or on the record that I can share.
What statement can the ILDSA make about this?
Will [the ILDSA] be making a statement on the ILDSA site or elsewhere?
How does the suspension affect already booked swimmers?
Can you share the reasons you took this unprecedented step?
Does the suspension relate to purely to actions as part of the committee, or as other [ILDSA] functions such as [ ]?
Are some or any recent swims under suspicion or investigation?
Does the ILDSA have a process or committee for swim ratification that avoids allegations of conflict of interest?
Can you share the process whereby swims should be ratified?
Can you outline the requirements for NC observers?
Does the ILDSA have an interim plan or what's the next stage?
Are Swim Ireland or Swim Ulster aware of the situation and of the allegations have resulted in this action?
If so, what has been their response?
Will you be putting in a full NC committee?
There have been some changes to the rules in the last two years. Will the ILDSA have an NC rules discussion or committee?
[Is there any] impact to swims booked with [ ] pilot?