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Row as Delaney quiz TD O'Keeffe attends FAI U17s Euro draw


Kevin O’Keeffe of Fianna Fail

Kevin O’Keeffe of Fianna Fail

Kevin O’Keeffe of Fianna Fail

A row has broken out among TDs due to question the FAI at a Dail committee meeting next week after one attended an invite- only event organised by the association.

Fianna Fail's sports spokesperson Kevin O'Keeffe attended the org- anisation's U17 European Championship draw with members of the board.

The Cork East TD sits on the Oireachtas committee due to meet with the soccer group's former chief executive and newly-appointed executive vice president John Delaney in a marathon meeting next week.

The committee will ask questions in relation to a €100,000 loan given by Mr Delaney to the organisation in 2017 and examine governance issues.

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock said he was "surprised and disappointed" to see a committee member take up the invitation.


"I believe attendance by any member of the committee at this event is deeply inappropriate, given the timing," he said.

All members of the committee had been invited to attend the U17 draw and to dinner and drinks.

Mr O'Keeffe had suggested other members of the committee had "compromised" themselves by their own conduct, saying: "What's the point in putting John Delaney in when one member has asked for him to resign already - where's the impartiality in that, like?"

Mr Rock, who called for such action, said Mr O'Keeffe's comments were "absurd".

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that having secured tickets through the FAI was not a reason for someone to recuse themselves from the committee.

Mr O'Keeffe previously confirmed that Mr Delaney secured him two tickets to last year's World Cup final.

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