Saturday 17 August 2019

Governance Review Group aim to make FAI reforms before July AGM

Niamh O'Donoghue of the FAI has been announced as one of the members of the Governance Review Group. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Niamh O'Donoghue of the FAI has been announced as one of the members of the Governance Review Group. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

A Governance Review Group featuring members from both the FAI and Sport Ireland have stated that they hope to have introduced changes to the under-fire football organisation by mid-June.

The FAI is currently undergoing significant upheaval with former CEO John Delaney on gardening leave while the entire board is set to resign after weeks of controversy over the association's governance.

In a joint statement released by the FAI and Sport Ireland this evening, it was announced that the Governance Review Group, chaired by Aidan Horan of the Institute of Public Administration, will also feature Dr Moling Ryan and Joe O'Leary from Sport Ireland, and Rea Walshe and Niamh O'Donoghue from the FAI.

In a statement, the group's terms of reference were outlined:

"1. Reviewing the existing governance arrangements within the FAI and proposing a governance framework for the FAI in the context of good governance principles and practice.

"2. Supporting the Board and the organisation in achieving and observing good governance practice.

"3. Considering the organisation’s compliance with the Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland (2016), and other relevant Codes of good governance principles, norms and standards including those of UEFA and FIFA.

"Specifically the Group  will advise on board composition, board member/director nomination, election/appointment, term limits and succession planning, including through the development of a skills, knowledge, experience and diversity matrix for the Board.

"4. In carrying out its work the Group will seek submissions and relevant input, where required and deemed appropriate by this group, from affiliates and members of the FAI and other stakeholders. It will also consult with wider stakeholders including UEFA and FIFA.

"5. The Group will report to both Sport Ireland and the FAI Board. The FAI Board will in turn liaise with UEFA to ensure any proposed changes are in line with UEFA policy and practice on governance."

The governance group say they will look to complete its work by 14 June, and have a report completed by 21 June. The FAI AGM takes place on 27 July, where a new board is expected to be appointed.

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