The chairman of Irish showjumping's high performance unit says he's happy to return to the role and the immediate priority is qualifying for the 2020 Olympics. 

The news indicates that Irish showjumping has charted a way out of the backroom turmoil that enveloped it a month ago

Horse Sport Ireland announced on Tuesday afternoon that Gerry Mullins would resume his role as the chairman of the high performance committee for Ireland's showjumpers. 

Mullins had been appointed to the role in January of last year with a view to delivering Olympic success in 2020.

However, he resigned in early December claiming that "unnecessary interference" from within the organisation was hindering his work.

The news was especially surprising considering it arrived three and a half months after the Irish team won gold in the European championships in Gothenburg. 

The Irish team manager Rodrigo Pessoa was deeply unhappy after Mullins's resignation and said that he too would have to consider his position. 

But with Mullins returning to his prior role, the coaching team which led Ireland to victory in Gothenburg last August will remain in place. 

Mullins told the Irish Examiner that he was happy he had a strong committee behind him and it was now full steam ahead for the 2018 world games.  

"It's not all about me," he told the Examiner's Mike Dunne. "I'm very lucky that I have what I believe is a very strong committee... The priority is to have a strong team at the world games this year to qualify for the Olympics because it really is time for us to do that."