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Shane Ross: Entire FAI Board Intend To Step Down

Rio 2016 Olympic Games Day 11, Riocentro Pavilion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 16/8/2016 Men's Bantamweight 56kg Quarter-Final Michael Conlan (Red) vs Vladimir Nikitin (Blue) Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD watches today's bout Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, has indicated that the FAI board have written to him and intend to step down.

Speaking at a Joint Oireachtas Committee, Minister Ross said that the FAI have written to him indicating that decisive action will be taken with an EGM likely to take place.

Earlier today, it emerged that proper accounts were not kept by the association and auditors have reported the FAI to the companies registration office.

In his speech, the minister called on the FAI to hold the EGM before July in order to allow for a smooth transition to a new regime.

He acknowledged the frustration of Irish supporters to the recent controversies, and the response of the association, including the protests at recent international and League of Ireland games. On Friday, Gardai intervened when a ‘Delaney Out’ banner was displayed in Turners Cross during the meeting of Cork City and St Pats.

It was announced yesterday that John Delaney has voluntarily stepped aside from his role as Executive Vice President pending an investigation. Honorary Secretary, Michael Cody, and Honorary Treasurer, Eddie Murray, have both voluntarily resigned from the Board also.

Minister Ross confirmed that no new capital payments will be made from his department to the FAI until a full account of the 2017 €100,000 loan to the FAI from Delaney has been provided.

“I will be closely monitoring developments on corporate governance. No new capital payments will be made to the FAI until I am satisfied.”

“It is now time to convene a stakeholders forum to allow represenatives from every level fo football in Ireland to come together to shape the future for their association and their sport. This is a crisis, but also an opportunity.”

Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy, confirmed that Sport Ireland will carry out a full audit of the FAI.

More to follow. 

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Author: Marisa Kennedy

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