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FAI and Delaney have serious questions to answer at Committee – Imelda Munster TD

26 March, 2019 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Sport, Imelda Munster TD has said John Delaney and the board of the FAI have serious questions to answer when they come before the Oireachtas Committee next week.

Teachta Munster said:

“We will be asking why John Delaney is no longer CEO of the FAI and if that decision has anything to do with the unusual bridging loan he had given to the FAI board.

“If the FAI was concerned, then why have they created a new role for him, especially a role as prestigious as Executive Vice President?

“Also, in 2002 the FAI commissioned a report called the Genesis Report, and there were several recommendations. One of them was that two independent non-executive members would be appointed to the board, but that never happened.

“The other was term limits for the board members, which also never happened. We need answers in regard to both of those commitments.

“In 2017 the Minister had stated that from this year, it would be mandatory for all sporting bodies in receipt of state funding to comply with the corporate governance code, which is three terms of three years. As of yet, that also hasn’t materialised.

“The fallout from this is the sheer frustration of local clubs and fans. It’s a real kick in the teeth for them.

“They want accountability and answers, especially when local sporting developments and clubs are grossly underfunded.”

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