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Monday 16 September 2019

Rhatigan could make return as FAI finalises its new-look board


Former FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Former FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

John Fallon

Caroline Rhatigan could be set for a shock return to the FAI as the association looks to complete its new 12-person board with four independent directors.

Applications for the three vacancies, along with the role of chairman, closed last Friday.

Ms Rhatigan was part of the FAI's National League Executive Committee until 2010 when she lost out to Eamon Naughton for the post of chairperson and, with it, a seat on the board.

She had begun posing questions of the FAI as its finances plummeted amid a disastrous premium ticket scheme.

Since the resignation of John Delaney in March, all bar two of the 11-strong board have quit.

This was a core recommendation of the Governance Review Group, a body comprised of Sport Ireland and FAI personnel tasked with overhauling the organisation's structures.

Existing board members president Donal Conway and schoolboy representative John Earley were joined by six new directors at last month's AGM.

Ms Rhatigan, a legal secretary, meets much of the criteria laid down for independent directors. New rules decree that at least four of the 12-person board must be female by 2021.

Sarah Keane, of the Olympic Federation of Ireland, is being linked with the chairperson's post while Niall Quinn, or one of his visionary group, are also expected to assume one of the four spots.

Irish Independent

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