Thursday 23 February 2017

John Delaney outlines the four reasons behind his decision to step down as OCI vice-president

Alan O'Keeffe

FAI chief executive John Delaney
FAI chief executive John Delaney

FAI chief executive John Delaney has informed the board of the Olympic Council of Ireland that he is stepping down from his role as vice-president, Independent.ie can reveal.

The 49-year-old informed acting president Willie O'Brien that he was relinquishing the post by email at 6pm this evening.

In a statement tonight, O'Brien said: “This evening I accepted with regret the resignation of Mr John Delaney from his position as Vice President of the Olympic Council of Ireland. I would like to thank John for his hard work and dedication to the Irish Olympic movement in his time as a member of the Executive Committee and I wish him well for the future.”

Delaney revealed last month that he was reconsidering his position as the FAI's volunteer member of the OCI Executive Committee.

He has worked with the OCI since 2005 and was tipped as a potential president of the OCI in the future.

The FAI boss released a statement on FAI.ie tonight outlining the reasons behind his decision.

Read the statement in full below:

I indicated some weeks back that I would be considering my position as the Football Association of IrelandI’s volunteer member of the OCI’s Executive Committee. Since then, I have been in discussions with the board of the FAI and many colleagues within the football family regarding my position within the OCI.

Having given the matter careful consideration, I have made the decision to step down as the FAI's volunteer member of the 13 person OCI committee board, with immediate effect.

The reasons for my decision are as follows:

1:  My Role as CEO of the FAI is my primary role and priority.  I have always been 100% committed to fulfilling my role, my obligations and duties in ensuring the growth and development of football in Ireland, which I will continue to do.

2:  As an Executive Committee member of the OCI, my role was never active in the day to day running of the OCI and as I mentioned previously, I was in a position to attend only 5 of the last 13 board meetings prior to the Rio Olympics.

3: I had no role or involvement in the OCI's handling of ticketing arrangements for the RIO Olympic Games.

4: During my time as a member of the OCI Executive Committee I have always looked to the best interests of the Olympic movement, and in recent months I have worked extensively with the other OCI Committee members to ensure that all proper steps have been taken by the OCI, following the issues that arose in Rio. As part of this, I have fully engaged and co-operated with investigations being carried out by Grant Thornton who were appointed to review ticketing arrangements and Deloitte, whose brief is to examine governance issues within the OCI.  I will, of course, also provide all assistance sought by Mr. Justice Carroll Moran as part of the Government appointed enquiry.

I am fully confident that in due course my position and non-involvement in these matters will be clarified and independently verified on completion of reports carried out by Grant Thornton or Justice Carroll Moran.

I wish the OCI executive and the Olympic movement, in this country, all the best into the future and I will always follow with interest their sporting achievements.

John Delaney

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