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John Delaney Voluntarily Steps Aside Pending Investigation

The FAI have confirmed that John Delaney has offered to step aside as Executive Vice President of the association pending an investigation.

The full statement from the FAI can be read below:

The Board of the Football Association of Ireland met in Dublin today. Following that meeting, the sub-committee of the Board met with Executive Vice-President John Delaney.

John Delaney has offered to voluntarily step aside from carrying out his role as Executive Vice-President with immediate effect pending the completion of an independent investigation by the Association into issues of concern to the Board.

Honorary Secretary Michael Cody and Honorary Treasurer Eddie Murray have both voluntarily resigned from the Board.

The Board would like to thank Michael Cody and Eddie Murray for their long service to Irish football and wish them well after their voluntary resignations.

The meeting of the Board also mandated the sub-committee, set up to review Governance and recently publicised financial transactions, to press ahead with their work as a matter of urgency. The FAI will update Sport Ireland on all developments ahead of the meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Sport tomorrow.

The Board of the Association wishes to assure members, football supporters and all stakeholders and sponsors that it is expediting all processes designed to restore faith in the Football Association of Ireland.

The Board acknowledges all concerns raised by stakeholders and supporters and is working to ensure that all Government funding is restored to Irish football at the earliest opportunity.

Delaney joined the FAI in 2001 as their Treasurer before moving into the role of Chief Executive in 2005. After 14 years he stepped aside to assume a new position as Executive Vice President but lasted less than a month.

The 51-year-old, as well as the board of the FAI, had come under intense scrutiny in the last number of weeks after the news broke surrounding a €100,000 bridging loan Delaney gave to the organisation in April of 2017.

He, along with a number of other members of the association appeared in front of the Oireachtas Committee on Transport Tourism and Sport this week to explain the circumstances surrounding the loan.

Delaney came under fire from many for his refusal to answer questions on the loan as well as any other incidents from his time as Chief Executive on the grounds of legal advice as it emerged that only three members of the FAI’s board knew about the €100,000 at the time.

This also came in a week that saw Sport Ireland withhold and suspend funding to the FAI outlining that the body will consider the reinstatement of funding once all ongoing reports commissioned by the FAI have been completed and the recommendations adopted.

Following the Oireachtas Committee fans around Ireland expressed their frustrations as the organisation’s corporate governance with the Cork City faithful boycotting the ‘Joe Delaney stand’ at Turners Cross, named after John Delaney’s father.

The fans also saw a ‘Delaney Out’ banner confiscated from their possession while Sinn Fein TD Jonathan O’Brien, who quizzed members of the FAI during the Oireachtas Committee was removed from the grounds.

Over the weekend Delaney’s position came under scrutiny as the FAI board met in Abbottstown with Radio Kerry confirming that he sent a text to John O’Regan of the Kerry District League saying he was stepping away.


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