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Monday 20 January 2020

Scully proposed by Schoolboys association for position on FAI board

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John Fallon

The Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland (SFAI) have moved promptly on from last weekend's fiasco over their FAI board nominee by proposing Ursula Scully for the FAI board.

Mrs Scully - secretary of the North Tipperary Schoolchildren's Football League (NTSFL) - is set to be ratified as an interim director at Sunday week's reconvened FAI AGM.

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The schoolboys' body, the largest affiliate by a stretch, had lined up Paddy Dempsey to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of John Earley as a director a week ago.

Earley finally bowed to pressure from Sports Minister Shane Ross to quit as he was one of only two survivors at the top table from the John Delaney era.

Dempsey's connections to Delaney didn't help his cause, either, after he was endorsed for the role by his SFAI council on Saturday.

The DDSL Chairman withdrew from the running just 28 hours later - a period during which his league's statement of support for Delaney back in March was widely recited.

Mrs Scully's elevation will also assist the FAI in beginning to meet their gender balance obligations.

Under an FAI rule proposed and ratified by the governance review group in June, four female directors must be on the 12-person board by 2021.

All seven of the current members are male and the FAI are awaiting names of the four independent directors.

"I believe my professional background and skill-set will be an asset to the FAI board, should I be elected," Mrs Scully said last night.

She will now need to come through an election against a nominee from the Women's FAI.

However, the SFAI's numerical dominance on that committee - eight members to two - will make her ratification in time for the reconvened AGM on Sunday week straightforward.

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