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FAI's Rea Walshe did legal work for John Delaney

Lawyer paid €2,500 for advice on defamation cases

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SPOTLIGHT: FAI chief operating officer Rea Walshe and her former boss John Delaney arriving at Leinster House in 2019. Picture Credit: Frank McGrath

SPOTLIGHT: FAI chief operating officer Rea Walshe and her former boss John Delaney arriving at Leinster House in 2019. Picture Credit: Frank McGrath

SPOTLIGHT: FAI chief operating officer Rea Walshe and her former boss John Delaney arriving at Leinster House in 2019. Picture Credit: Frank McGrath

The FAI's chief operating officer, Rea Walshe, was paid €2,500 by her former boss John Delaney for personal legal services in breach of Law Society guidelines.

Delaney, the FAI's former chief executive, enlisted Walshe to assist with defamation cases he was taking against several media organisations more than three years ago.

However, Walshe's actions are in breach of Law Society of Ireland rules and contrary to proper corporate governance practice.