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If the FAI are up to their old tricks, Government must ensure oversight of governance reform - Imelda Munster TD

30 May, 2019 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin TD for Louth and Spokesperson for Sport Imelda Munster has called on the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross to ensure that reforms in corporate governance at the FAI are adhered to, given fears that previous commitments will not be delivered by the organisation.

Deputy Munster was questioning Minister Richard Bruton in the Dáil, where she asked him to outline the steps that the government is taking to ensure that the FAI will follow through on its commitments to reform governance structures. 

Deputy Munster said:

“It was brought to my attention this week that there is speculation that all but one of the current board of the FAI intend to put themselves forward for the new board. 

“Minister Ross assured me last month at the Transport Committee that we are seeing ‘the beginning of the end of the old FAI’. If the rumours of the membership of the new board is true, then unfortunately the new FAI looks almost identical to the old one.

“In recent weeks we have seen the FAI slip back on their commitments. Many people, including Minister Ross, have raised serious questions around the suitability of appointing Mr Noel Mooney as interim head of the organisation, given his strong links with those in charge at the FAI. This criticism has fallen on deaf ears.

“Minister Bruton did not have an answer for my question about the government’s oversight role. He suggested that Sport Ireland and the Oireachtas Dáil sports committee will cover it, which does not inspire confidence. 

“I have written to Sport Ireland expressing my concerns, and I have asked them for an update on their oversight role, in particular in the formation of a new board.

“The Oireachtas Sports Committee intends to hold follow up meetings with the FAI and Sport Ireland to question the progress of the planned reform, and I look forward to having another opportunity then to raise this matter."

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