Tuesday 15 October 2019

FAI Board shake-up: Committee to recommend increased female representation and four independent directors

Noel Mooney, who has been seconded from UEFA to the FAI as General Manager for Football Services and Partnerships, with FAI President Donal Conway and Rea Walshe
Noel Mooney, who has been seconded from UEFA to the FAI as General Manager for Football Services and Partnerships, with FAI President Donal Conway and Rea Walshe
Gender balance is understood to be a core finding of the review carried out for the past eight weeks. (stock photo)

John Fallon

The FAI is to have a new 12-person board containing at least four female and four independent directors.

These form part of the main recommendations made by a governance review committee established in the fallout of the crisis over John Delaney's €100,000 loan to his employers.

The eight remaining members of the board will today be presented with a draft report in Limerick.

If approved, it will need to be ratified by a two-thirds majority at the FAI AGM on July 27.

The governance review committee is chaired by Aidan Horan from the Institute of Public Administration. He was joined by fellow Sport Ireland nominees, Dr Moling Ryan and Joe O'Leary, along with FAI delegates Niamh O'Donoghue and Rea Walshe.

O'Donoghue was the first - and remains the only - female member of the FAI board.

Gender balance is understood to be a core finding of the review carried out for the past eight weeks.

A move to recruit independent directors, which was a recommendation as far back as the 2002 Genesis report, is another integral plank of the report.

Another change proposed, it's believed, is the reduction in volume of the 58-person council. They will also reduce their annual meetings down from four.

Also on the agenda is the scrapping of the secretary and treasurer roles. Both are currently vacant after Michael Cody and Eddie Murray resigned in the wake of the controversy surrounding their close ally, Delaney.

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