Saturday 24 August 2019

Donal Conway nominated unopposed to continue as President of the FAI

FAI President Donal Conway. Photo: Sportsfile
FAI President Donal Conway. Photo: Sportsfile

Harry Clarke

Donal Conway has been nominated unopposed for the role as President of the Football Association.

Conway took over the presidency from Tony Fitzgerald in 2018 and has been a serving board member since 2005.

Although the entire FAI Board said they would step down at the AGM later this month, the recently published governance report recommends that a maximum of two current board members should stay in situ for a further 12 months to help with the transition to a new board set-up.

Current vice president Noel Fitzroy is also seeking re-election and he will be opposed by Gerry McAnaney and Paul Cooke who were both nominated for the positions of Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer respectively earlier this year. Those roles will be abolished if the reforms are passed at Saturday's EGM.

At this week's EGM, 206 FAI delegates will vote on whether or not the governance report should be implemented.

If the proposed new rules fail to pass, "then the posts will be filled under the old rules at a Special Council meeting of the FAI following the AGM on July 27th".

Conway's re-election as president will lead to anger among some as he has been part of the board during a controversial period that has led to former CEO John Delaney being placed on gardening leave and six investigations into corporate governance and financial details ongoing.

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