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New FAI emails raise further governance questions

Current chief operating officer offered personal legal advice to honorary secretary on property

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Rea Walshe

Rea Walshe

Rea Walshe

The FAI's chief operating officer Rea Walshe offered personal legal advice to the association's then honorary secretary Michael Cody on a property matter in 2018, raising further questions about corporate governance at the association.

Correspondence seen by the Sunday Independent shows Walshe, who is a qualified solicitor, made representations on Cody's behalf in relation to a property in Foxrock, Co Dublin. It also shows she enlisted the support of another FAI employee to help with the matter.

A thread of emails shows Walshe, who was then the FAI's corporate affairs and licensing director, wrote to the association's facilities development manager Walter Holleran in August 2018 asking if he had experience obtaining maps from the Land Registry office.