Friday 23 August 2019

Delaney says it's not within his power to ask TDs not to hold meeting

FAI executive vice-president John Delaney giving evidence (Oireachtas TV)
FAI executive vice-president John Delaney giving evidence (Oireachtas TV)
John Delaney, Executive Vice President of The Football Association of Ireland attending a meeting with the Oireachtas Committee on Sport at Dáil Éireann in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Attending a meeting with the Oireachtas Committee on Sport at Dáil Éireann in Dublin are from left, FAI Interim Chief Executive Rea Walshe, FAI Director of Public Relations and Communications Cathal Dervan, FAI President Donal Conway, FAI Board Member and Honorary Treasurer Eddie Murray, FAI Executive Vice President John Delaney and FAI Director of Competitions Fran Gavin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

FORMER Football Association of Ireland (FAI) boss John Delaney has said it's not within his power to ask an Oireachtas committee not to hold a meeting.

It came as he was asked about a claim in internal FAI correspondence that Fine Gael TD Noel Rock texted Mr Delaney last November saying he was "happy to push back against" a proposal from Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy for Mr Delaney to appear before the Oireachtas Sport Committee.

Mr Rock has said he doesn't recall the alleged text message and he can find no record of any such text, iMessage or WhatsApp message.

Ms Murphy referred to the report in the Irish Independent as Mr Delaney appeared before the committee today.

She said: "There was a serious allegation in the newspaper today against one of the other committee members here. I want the context about how would have arisen.

"Mr Delaney did you at any point ask that this committee meeting wouldn’t happen? Or you would have desired that it didn’t happen?"

Mr Delaney replied: "It’s not within my power to ask this committee that."

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