Paralympic representative Denis Toomey has called for the full implementation of the Deloitte report on Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) governance following his election onto the body’s Executive Committee.
Toomey, the Irish Chef de Mission at the Rio 2016 Paralympics who is a former President of Cycling Ireland, was the first of seven elected to ordinary positions on the ruling Board.
"I am honoured to be elected to serve on the Executive alongside colleagues committed to change and a new direction for the organisation," the Cork-based administrator said in a Paralympics Ireland statement afterwards.
"I’m grateful for the vote of confidence from the sports and the trust they have placed in me.
"It is a new dawn for the Olympic Council of Ireland with new leadership now in place.
"Much work lies ahead in overhauling the corporate governance of the organisation, beginning with the implementation, in full, of the Deloitte report."
It came in an election hailed as a major changing of the guard in which Patrick Hickey’s 28-year tenure as President of the OCI came to an end.
Hickey, who continues to deny all wrongdoing following his arrest in Brazil as part of a ticketing scandal at Rio 2016, was not present for the election as he recovers from a recent medical procedure.
Swimming Ireland chief executive Sarah Keane was elected as his replacement after promising to introduce reforms.
Hickey loyalists and longstanding Board members William O’Brien and Dermot Henihan each failed to return to the Board.
The Deloitte Report, commissioned following the ticketing scandal, reportedly recommended two-term limits for senior executives.
The report, seen by The Irish Times, is also understood to have found the OCI has inadequate audit functions, is not transparent and pays little or no attention to ethical functions.
It also is thought to claim that the organisation had no strategic plan for what it was meant to achieve.
"With several candidates committed to change having been elected and Denis now taking his place amongst a new executive committee we are confident we can play our part supporting the executive as they lead the organisation in the right direction," added Paralympics Ireland President Jimmy Gradwell.