Monday 22 July 2019

FAI vote to approve new term limits for the board

'The majority of the FAI's 11-person board have been sitting around the top table for at least 13 years.' (stock picture)
'The majority of the FAI's 11-person board have been sitting around the top table for at least 13 years.' (stock picture)
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

AN EGM of the FAI has ratified changes that will result in an overhaul of the association's board by 2023.

The Abbotstown authorities have been forced to respond to a directive from Minister for Tourism, Transport and Sport Shane Ross calling on sporting associations in receipt of funding to comply with a governance code.

Ross has proposed changes which would see board members serve a maximum of nine years - consisting of three terms of three years.

However, the FAI have put forward their own recommendations which will limit board members to eight years' service - two four year terms.

Crucially, they have voted to allow current long-serving board members to stay on for one more four-year term before stepping aside.

The exceptions to that are honorary secretary Michael Cody and honorary treasurer Eddie Murray who will depart when their current terms end.

The majority of the FAI's 11-person board have been sitting around the top table for at least 13 years.

CEO John Delaney is exempt from these changes as he is a hired member of staff, although he had previously served on the board before his appointment in 2005.

Board stalwarts Jim McConnell, Eamon Naughton, Paraic Treanor and current president Donal Conway will have to vacate their seats at the table by 2023.

"The introduction of new term limits is a step forward for Irish football," said Delaney.

"The EGM showed that the board and members fully endorse the need for change."

Rea Walshe, the FAI's company secretary and chair of the Governance Committee, said: "We are very aware of the need for change. The Association, at all levels, will continue to look at ways to improve our governance and ensure proper succession planning for directors."

The EGM also approved stronger sanctions regarding the misconduct of players and officials towards match officials following recommendations made by a working group composed of referees.

Meanwhile, Ireland U-21 boss Stephen Kenny has made three changes to his home-based squad for this week's training camp that will be built around tomorrow's friendly match with the Irish amateur side.

Injury has ruled out Sligo Rovers' John Mahon and Waterford's JJ Lunney while club commitments in Northern Ireland have put Ronan Hale out of the equation.

Sligo's Jack Keaney, and Finn Harps' Sam Todd have come into the group and they have also been joined by ex-Cork and Waterford striker Aaron Drinan who is on the books of Ipswich Town but has been given permission to link up.

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