Wednesday 21 August 2019

Niall Quinn to outline his blueprint for Irish football to Minister Shane Ross on Friday

Niall Quinn has a vision for Irish football. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Niall Quinn has a vision for Irish football. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

NIALL QUINN has said he will be outlining his group's proposed solution for Irish football's problems to Minister for Tourism, Transport and Sport Shane Ross this Friday.

The former Ireland striker has put together a consortium that started off looking at a new direction for the League of Ireland and have now broadened that out to the game here as a whole in the aftermath of a crisis period for the FAI.

Quinn's group have been criticised for failing to elaborate on the substance of their plans - which they have submitted to the Governance Review Group established between the FAI and Sport Ireland - and the Dubliner said this morning that he was waiting to present his ideas to government before going public.

Minister Ross has called a stakeholders forum for the Mansion House this Friday and Quinn and several of his colleagues will be present.

Minister for Tourism, Transport and Sport Shane Ross. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Minister for Tourism, Transport and Sport Shane Ross. Photo: Steve Humphreys

"I'm happy to disclose information to the Minister and the other stakeholders on Friday. The group are excited," said Quinn, speaking at a Virgin Media event ahead of their Champions League final coverage.

"The group is really happy that we have submitted what we think is a worthwhile proposal and a set of ideas to the Governance Review group.

"We're looking forward to discussing those ideas with the Minister and the other stakeholders at the forum on Friday, where other ideas will be floated too.

"We're looking forward to the feedback on that and seeing where it's all heading and if the Governance Review group are going to deliver the opportunity for meaningful change."

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