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Review group unaware Rea Walshe helped John Delaney

State body not told of FAI COO's legal work on personal cases

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Rea Walshe

Rea Walshe

Rea Walshe

Sport Ireland is concerned it was not told the FAI's Rea Walshe provided personal legal services to former chief executive John Delaney before she took part in a governance review of the association.

The State-backed authority will now be seeking a meeting with the association to address the matter.

Walshe was part of a five-person review committee formed with Sport Ireland last year. It was tasked with recommending changes to reform corporate governance and the running of the association. She was appointed to the committee just months after being paid €2,500 by Delaney for assisting him with personal defamation cases. This is in breach of Law Society of Ireland rules and contrary to proper corporate governance practice.