The president of Rowing Ireland, Susan Dunlea, has resigned. She was elected in October, becoming the first woman to hold the post.

 While her election was emphatic in its margin, Rowing Ireland comissioned an enquiry into the circumstances which found that it would have prudent to delay the election as there were concerns about the nomination process for Dunlea. “I now fully understand and accept the conclusions of the review,” the Cork woman said in a letter to club secretaries and captains.

 She went on: “In reflecting on what transpired, I believe that my resignation is in the best interest of our sport. I do this with a heavy heart and no little regret as I love our sport. However, given the circumstances I do believe this is the best course of action.

 “I was honoured to be your President and I would like to take this opportunity to thank your club for your support and to wish you and all your members every success in the future.

 “My understanding is that there will be an AGM called as soon as possible, subject to financial accounts being available and in accordance with statutory notice periods, where officers can go forward for election. Rowing Ireland will be in touch directly with further details.”