Irish dance teachers in North America "re-examine competition procedures" amidst investigation

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The Irish Dance Teacher's Association of North America (IDTANA), which operates successful tandem with An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG), says it has taken action aft allegations of effect fixing person rocked the competitory Irish creation world.

IDTANA said successful a connection connected October 13 that the "unethical behavior" that prompted CLRG's probe "is a superior breach of the CLRG Code of Conduct and each allegations indispensable beryllium investigated to their fullest."

In its connection posted connected its societal media channels, IDTANA says it "supports CLRG successful this investigation, the disciplinary process, and its outcome.

"We are pleased that the archetypal signifier of the probe has been completed successful accordance with the CLRG Disciplinary Procedure. It is imperative that the proceedings proceed to beryllium professional, transparent, and expedient."

IDTANA acknowledged that the allegations "undermine assurance successful Irish dancing."

"While it is simply a challenging clip for teachers, creation families, and dancers," IDTANA said, "it is besides an accidental to re-examine contention procedures.

"To that end, IDTANA facilitated a productive treatment among the 7 North American Regional Directors regarding the champion practices to make a transparent competitory atmosphere.

"North America is arrogant to beryllium astatine the forefront of specified an important and indispensable collaborative effort.

“All North American regions volition beryllium strengthening their Oireachtas procedures with the extremity of eliminating immoderate accidental for contention manipulation.

"In bid to guarantee the integrity of the process, we volition not publicize the changes that volition beryllium implemented successful each region.

“Please beryllium assured that we are committed to providing a just contention situation wherever each dancers measurement connected signifier with adjacent footing.”

IDTANA Statement October 13, 2022 CLRG precocious issued statements regarding an probe connected to allegations...

Posted by Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America on Thursday, October 13, 2022

IDTANA's connection comes arsenic Irish dancers crossed North America are preparing for their region's Oireachtas, the preliminary qualifier for large competitions wrong the CLRG organization. 

The Eastern Canadian Oireachtas is October 28 - 30, the Western Canadian Oireachtas is November 11-12, the New England (US) Oireachtas is November 18 - 20, the Western (US) Oireachtas is November 18 - 20, the Mid-America (US) Oireachtas is November 25 - 27, the Mid-Atlantic (US) Oireachtas is November 25 - 27, and the Southern (US) Oireachtas is December 2-4.

Elsewhere, the Irish Independent reports that Justice Michael Peart, a erstwhile Court of Appeal justice successful Ireland, has handed his study into alleged cheating to CLRG. 

CLRG chairperson James McCutcheon reportedly wrote successful an email to CLRG's members that the “world of Irish creation continues to beryllium rocked by ongoing commentary connected mainline and societal media platforms with claims that CLRG are not dealing with allegations and grounds sent to"

McCutcheon said that “the study from the justice has been received and the adjacent signifier of the disciplinary process has been invoked, i.e. each persons progressive person been informed by the nominated co-ordinator that the substance has been referred for a afloat disciplinary hearing."

He added: “We would not usually pass the rank of specified actions. However, to allay the fears that ‘nothing is being done’, we privation to guarantee that you, your dancers, and parents are kept up to day with developments,” Mr McCutcheon said successful the letter.

“The process is ongoing and it is imperative that we adhere to that agreed process. Yes, it volition instrumentality time. Yes, it is disturbing and embarrassing that we find ourselves successful this position. However, each idiosyncratic against whom an allegation is made has a close and entitlement to owed process.”

McCutcheon thanked members for their “patience and knowing during what is simply a precise traumatic and hard clip for each involved."