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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Sport Ireland has no objection to FAI's interim chief taking a spot on governance committee

  

Interim CEO Rea Walshe. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Interim CEO Rea Walshe. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

John Fallon and Ian Begley

Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy says the body has no objection to Rea Walshe's participation on a governance committee.

Ms Walshe, the interim FAI chief executive, was aware of John Delaney's controversial €100,000 loan since 2017.

The fallout from that transaction becoming public knowledge continues to be felt six weeks on. Mr Delaney is on gardening leave, while the only existing board member he shared the information with at the time, Michael Cody, has resigned.

Ms Walshe admitted at an Oireachtas Committee that, as legal adviser, her opinion on the matter was sought.

In a joint announcement last Friday, Sport Ireland confirmed the composition of a new governance committee including Ms Walshe.

"I don't know anything about that," Mr Treacy said about Ms Walshe's awareness of the loan. "We all had one eye, when setting this up, on Uefa, in terms of government interference in sport. There had to be two people from sport on the committee because you can't work in a vacuum. But we have the majority."

Meanwhile, Sports Minister Shane Ross ignored questions yesterday about the FAI, despite previously criticising the board for its lack of transparency. After the launch of the 2019 Euro T20 Slam in the Westin Hotel, Mr Ross said that he didn't have time to comment.

Irish Independent

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