Tuesday 15 October 2019

'They are here to help and the support is welcomed' - UEFA arrive in Dublin to discuss governance issues with FAI

Rea Walshe pictured with John Delaney
Rea Walshe pictured with John Delaney

Harry Clarke

Europe's football governing body, UEFA, has arrived in Dublin for talks with the FAI and Sport Ireland over the association's governance issues.

A delegation from UEFA will meet with representatives from the Governance Review Group, which was formed following the fallout from the ongoing crisis that has engulfed Irish football.

Interim FAI chief executive Rea Walshe and current board member Niamh O'Donoghue will represent the FAI while three Sport Ireland nominees - Aidan Horan, a director of the Institute for Public Administration and specialist in corporate governance, former banker Joe O'Leary, a founding partner at BMOL Chartered Accountants and Dr Moling Ryan, CEO of the Legal Aid Board - will be present.

"Our UEFA colleagues are here to offer their support and insight to the Governance Review Group as we work together to improve Irish football," said FAI interim CEO Walshe.

"Their visit is welcome. The experience and expertise within UEFA will offer real benefit to the Group as we work towards an initial report in June. They are here to help and the support from UEFA is welcomed by the FAI."

Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy added: "The terms of reference of the Governance Review Group confirm that the views of UEFA are a key constituent and their input will be of real significance as the Group works towards putting forward recommendations for a new structure.

"This visit to Dublin by UEFA is a significant show of support to the work being carried out by the Group and we look forward to a productive meeting with them and a strong working relationship going forward."

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