It may be outside the remit of the HSA but there should have been little doubt that there are health issues involved. There is a letter signed by 27 Consultant Neurologists and Neurosurgeons.
What about those with some governance responsibility for the sport? Densign White wrote to Minister Ring on the issue. White wrote as CEO of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation. He offers his help to the Minister in regard to regulating the sport. Although it is worded as offering help, could it not be read that the IMMAF can't do this themselves? Is this an implicitly acknowledges that the IMMAF require government help in addressing some issues? A similar message comes from the Irish Martial Arts Commission who label the existing law "A Rogue's Charter". It is back to the Minister it seems.
The Irish Sports Council (Sport Ireland) pointed to a review they asked Line Up Sports to conduct. The review includes those SWOT and PESTEL frameworks so beloved by business economists. The ISC says that they review "didn't reveal any immediate imperative to act". The document was dated December 2014.
What about those venues where the events take place? Again the response suggests that it is outside their responsibility.
One of the saddest pieces of documentation is an email from a lawyer for the family. It is a short email. It does not seem very professional and it suggests that the family might not have the resources to engage the best lawyer in Portugal. But the email is all the more poignant for that. One line says "Since the event, that everyone is running for the responsabilitys."
The lawyer offers a phone number (it is redacted) that will allow the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport contact the lawyer and, therefore, the fighter's brother. It would be nice to think that someone made the call.