In response to recent media posts online, An Coimisiún confirms its commitment to the safety of every individual involved in Irish Dance.
An Coimisiún maintains a strong child protection policy and requires registered teachers to be vetted / screened in accordance with local legislation.
Recent media posts state that serious allegations have been made against a teacher registered with An Coimisiún, and that legal proceedings have been issued in this matter. An Coimisiún has not been notified that such proceedings have been issued.
An Coimisiún takes its child protection obligations most seriously and in the past, has not hesitated to de-register persons proven guilty of the type of behaviour described in the media posts.
An Coimisiún is conscious that while the media reports contain serious allegations, these have not been proven and we urge caution until the facts have been definitively evaluated.
In light of the nature of the matter, it is being referred to Coiste Faire for investigation, and in the meantime, An Coimisiún will not comment further on the matter.