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Minister Ross needs to ensure that FAI board appointments comply with Corporate Governance Code

31 January, 2019 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD has raised the matter of Football Association of Ireland (FAI) compliance with the Corporate Governance Code, in light of recent reports that the FAI is reportedly changing its organisation’s rules to allow board members to remain in situ for up to 20 years, which is more than double the recommended maximum term of three terms of three years duration.

Deputy Munster said:

“The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport announced in 2017 it would be mandatory by 2019 for sporting bodies that receive funding from Sport Ireland to comply with the Corporate Governance Code.

“Yet this week we learn that the FAI is taking steps to ensure that its board members can flout the Corporate Governance Code.”

“When I raised the matter with the Tánaiste he kicked it to Minister Ross, and when Minister Ross is asked about it he kicks it to Sport Ireland.”

“We have two Ministers in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and both of them are avoiding this issue.”

“When organisations are in receipt of state funding and represent this country in sports, we expect them to adhere to state guidelines, including the Corporate Governance Code which represents best practice. If some organisations take deliberate steps to side-step these rules, it’s up to the Minister to step in and ensure that state guidelines are complied with.”


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