Tuesday 17 September 2019

'Not unusual for TDs to get tickets from FAI': Taoiseach

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Michelle Devane/PA Wire
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Michelle Devane/PA Wire
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has indicated it is not unusual for the FAI to help TDs secure tickets to matches and said this should not lead to any TD stepping back from quizzing the organisation.

FAI officials are set for intensive questions at the Oireachtas sports committee next week.

Fianna Fáil TD Kevin O'Keeffe hit the headlines recently when he confirmed former CEO John Delaney helped him secure two tickets to the World Cup in Russia, which the TD paid for.

He also defended an invite-only FAI draw for the U17 European Championship this week, just days ahead of the committee hearing where he will be one of those grilling the FAI on issues relating to a loan from Mr Delaney to the organisation and about governance.

However, while unable to comment on the attendance of Mr O'Keeffe at the draw, the Taoiseach said he was not sure that getting tickets from the FAI was a reason for any member to have to recuse themselves.

"I don't think the deputy would be the only person who has got a ticket for a match in the Dáil," he said.

Irish Independent

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