Thursday 23 January 2020

Showdown: Ministers agree to 'urgent meeting' with beleaguered board of FAI

Sports Minister Shane Ross and Minister of State Brendan Griffin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Sports Minister Shane Ross and Minister of State Brendan Griffin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Ministers Shane Ross and Brendan Griffin will have an "urgent" meeting with members of the FAI board on Monday to discuss the crisis that has engulfed Irish football's governing body.

The move comes following the resignation of Schoolboys FAI chairman John Earley on Thursday night.

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A statement from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport said talks will take place after a request from the FAI for an "urgent" meeting. It came after the published accounts of the FAI revealed liabilities of €55m, with bank debts of €29m.

The statement expressed disappointment that the FAI has yet to appoint four independent directors to its board, with candidates identified by recruitment firm AMROP taking time to consider their options.

"This meeting was sought by the FAI to discuss the pressing challenges facing the organisation at this critical time," read the statement. "The ministers' preference was the meeting would include the independent chair and new independent directors. It is disappointing those appointments have still not been made."

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