FAI Executive Vice President John Delaney has reportedly left his role after 18 years with the organisation.
Discussions had reportedly been going on over the weekend at FAI HQ in Abbottstown surrounding Delaney’s position as his time with the organisation comes to an end.
A number of reports had been circulating outlining that Delaney was set to leave his role with Radio Kerry Sport confirming that he sent a text to John O’Regan of the Kerry District League saying he was stepping away from his position.
John O'Regan of the KDL has told Radio Kerry Sports that John Delaney sent him a text to say that he (Delaney) was stepping down from his position as Executive Vice President of the FAI
— Radio Kerry Sport (@radiokerrysport) April 13, 2019
Reports had emerged on Saturday that some board members who had previously been supportive of Delaney were now harbouring reservations over the Executive Vice President’s position.
Delaney has come under renewed scrutiny this week following his appearance in front of the Oireachtas Committee for Transport Tourism and Sport in which he refused to answer a number of questions based on legal advice.
The 51-year old along with a number of FAI members were in front of the committee to explain the emergence of a €100,000 bridging loan given to the organisation by Delaney in April of 2017.
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.
Reports in a number of outlets also outline that the future of another two members of the Board – Honorary Treasurer Eddie Murray and Honorary Secretary Michael Cody – are in the balance as their futures have been subject to Board discussion along with Delaney’s.
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.
O’Brien released a statement surrounding the incident.
“There was one fan removed and, unfortunately, that was me. I didn’t even have the banner.
“They told me I was removed on the grounds that I was impeding the gardaí from trying to remove the banner — that is the reason I was given.
“This is a really bad look for the FAI if people are seen not to be allowed conduct peaceful protests. What do they expect?
“You hold up a peaceful banner saying ‘Delaney Out’ and that is not allowed either. It was a peaceful protest, the banner was up for maybe 30 seconds and the reaction of the guards was a little over the top I would say.
Delaney spent a total of 18 years with the organisation beginning in 2001 as the Treasurer before becoming full-time Chief Executive in 2005.
At the end of March, he took up his last role as Executive Vice President of the FAI.