Ireland's Oireachtas sport committee has described Ireland's involvement in last year's Athens Olympics as a "fiasco".
It is recommending major improvements in how the country prepares for the games.
In a report published today, the committee says a steering group should be appointed to oversee Ireland's preparation for the London Olympics in 2012. They acknowledge that Beijing 2008 is too soon for any changes to make a difference.
The committee is also seeking additional funding for coaches, athletes and a new Institute for Sport.