EGM plan scrapped as FAI drafts reform proposals


EGM plan scrapped as FAI drafts reform proposals

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Plans for an EGM of the FAI have been shelved with a new Governance Review Group established between the football association and Sport Ireland set to draft proposals which will be put to the scheduled AGM at the end of July.

Current FAI board members announced last week they would step down at the next annual meeting as part of the political fall-out from the furore surrounding ex-CEO John Delaney’s bridging loan to the association in 2017.

Mr Delaney is currently sidelined pending a series of reviews into the FAI’s governance and finances.

Rather than convene an EGM, the Governance Review Group is working to complete a report by June which will be presented to FAI members on July 27.

The review group will consult Uefa and Fifa as part of its work and will also take on board the recommendations of a stakeholder forum convened by Sports Minister Shane Ross.

Sport Ireland chief John Treacy said the group “will deliver ambitious reform proposals based on good governance practice and will comply with Uefa policy”.

The terms of reference include reviewing existing FAI rules and advising on the criteria for nomination to the board under headings such as ‘term limits’, ‘succession planning’ and the development of a ‘skills, knowledge, experience and diversity matrix’.

Aidan Horan, director of the Institute of Public Administration, will chair the group. Sport Ireland has nominated Joe O’Leary, a partner with chartered accountants BMOL, and Dr Moling Ryan, former CEO of the Legal Aid Board.

The FAI has put forward interim chief executive Rea Walshe and long-serving FAI council member Niamh O’Donoghue, who joined the board in 2017.

FAI president Donal Conway said the group can “establish the foundation for change before the board resigns at the AGM”. Former general secretary Brendan Menton feels the board should step aside now and let Fifa appoint a committee to oversee the process.

Meanwhile, Uefa has fined the FAI €10,000 for March’s tennis ball protest at the Aviva.


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Irish Independent


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