The Football Association of Ireland have confirmed that they will not be accepting the invitation to attend Wednesday’s Oireachtas Committee.
Minister for Sport Shane Ross, the FAI and Sport Ireland had all been invited by The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport Tourism and Sport to attend Wednesday’s meeting to discuss the financial trouble that the Association finds itself in.
Ross along with Minister of State Brendan Griffin had outlined in a statement, as reported by RTÉ, that they would not be attending this week’s meeting but would go before the committee on December 18.
The FAI released a statement on Tuesday confirming that they would also not be appearing this week as they are focused on the “financing package” which they hope will guarantee the future of the Association.
The full statement read as follows;
“The Board of the Football Association of Ireland has this morning informed the Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport that it is unable to accept an invitation to appear before the Committee on Wednesday, December 11th.
“The focus of the Board at this moment in time remains the refinancing package that will guarantee the future of the FAI and safeguard jobs, as well as the appointment of an Independent Chairperson and Independent Directors.
“As key Board members and senior executive staff are required at meetings vital to the financial restructuring and the appointment of an Independent Chairperson, it is not possible for the FAI to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on this occasion.
“The Board remains committed to appearing before the Committee on a date when the appropriate representatives are available.”
Committee Chairperson Fergus O’Dowd confirmed to RTÉ News that the FAI will be invited again to appear before the committee on 18 December.