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Thursday 19 January 2017

Sports Minister welcomes attempts by FAI to outline circumstances of €5m FIFA transaction

Published 08/06/2015 | 17:02

FAI CEO John Delaney with his partner Emma English while Minister of Transfer, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe looks on (Photo: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
FAI CEO John Delaney with his partner Emma English while Minister of Transfer, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe looks on (Photo: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy)

SPORTS Minister Paschal Donohoe has said that he welcomes the attempts by the Football Association of Ireland to outline the circumstances surrounding a the transaction of €5m between them and FIFA.

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Mr Donohoe said that he communicated the need for “further information and detail” from the soccer body and told them last Friday before they  issued their statement that clarity was required as there was “great public interest in the matter”.

“I therefore welcomed on Friday evening that they did publish documentation in relation to it and provide a context and explanation for what happened,” the Transport, Tourism and Sports Minister explained in Dublin earlier today.

“It is important to make clear that this is not taxpayer’s money that is being spent here.  This is a transaction between the FAI and the world soccer organisation.  And, we are absolutely confident that we have very good mechanisms in place regarding the use of public money and all that is in place.”

It is expected that John Delaney will now be called before an Oireachtas Committee and Minister Donohoe said he will support whatever decision they make.

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