The FAI have today confirmed that their Executive Vice President John Delaney will be appearing in front of Wednesday’s Oireachtas committee.
The Football Association of Ireland were due to confirm Delaney’s attendance before the Oireachtas committee on Wednesday by 12 pm today however the news broke a number of hours later via a statement from their President Donal Conway.
The statement indicates that “All requested members of the FAI are included on the list” which of course will include Delaney.
It is reported that a number of TDs on the committee have expressed concerns that Delaney would not be in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting to answer questions surrounding the payment of a €100,000 ‘bridging loan’ he made to the FAI in April 2017 but that issue has now been put to bed.
Delaney has been the topic of much discussion over the past number of years but it has gone up a notch in the last month when the Sunday Times broke the news of Delaney’s loan to the FAI.
Following this, Delaney stepped down from his role as chief executive of the FAi but in turn, took on a newly created role of executive vice-president with the organisation.
Speaking at the time of his appointment, Delaney said;
“It has been my absolute pleasure and privilege to have served the Football Association of Ireland as CEO since 2005 and I would like to thank all the staff and everyone involved in Irish football for their support and assistance in that time.
“This new role is one that really excites me. For some months now, I have been talking to President Donal Conway, the Board and members of our senior management team about redefining the most senior management roles at the Association.”