Drug testing for Irish athletes will begin next November. The new National Anti-Doping Committee will implement testing under the control of the Irish Sports Council established in July. In the first year about 600 athletes will be tested. In addition to regulation, the Committee will also have a role in education and research. In this context, it hopes to draw up a position paper listing the pros and cons of creatine the widely used legal growth hormone.

The Minister for Sport Jim McDaid has announced the members of the new National Anti-Doping Committee. Dr Conor O' Brien will chair the Committee. He specialises in sports medicine and has previously undertaken research into drug and alcohol abuse among athletes. A representative of the UK Sports Council has also been included in the nine member anti-doping board.