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Friday 19 July 2019

FAI chief Delaney faces Oireachtas Committee

FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

John Delaney and Fran Gavin will appear before an Oireachtas Committee on February 20 to answer questions on governance within the FAI and national league.

The delegation were originally invited to meet with the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport on January 23 but the public hearing will go ahead in government buildings four weeks later.

As a national governing body in receipt of exchequer funding, including a €2.7m grant from Sport Ireland last year, the FAI are subject to scrutiny from public representatives.

Committee member Catherine Murphy of the Social Democrats has highlighted Delaney's annual salary of €360,000, the cull in League of Ireland prize-money and the lengthy service of FAI board members as areas of concern.

The future of the board should be clearer by the time Delaney faces questions.

The association have called an emergency general meeting for February 9 to ratify government proposals to comply with, amongst other matters, term limits.

Seven of the 11-person board, including Delaney, exceed the nine-year maximum service stipulated as best practice in the statutory governance code.

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