Former chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland John Delaney (Niall Carson/PA)
Former chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland John Delaney (Niall Carson/PA)

Laura Larkin

THE FAI has confirmed that former CEO John Delaney and all other members requested to attend an Oireachtas committee tomorrow will attend the hearing.

In a statement FAI president Donal Conway said the FAI acknowledged the “misgivings” raised by Sport Ireland and the Committee on Transport Tourism and Sport last week.

“The board is seeking to fully address all concerns in a determined and transparent manner,” he said, adding that “many steps” are being taken to establish the “requisite detail” for Sport Ireland and the committee.

On top of a review due to be completed by Mazars, a Grant Thornton review of the association’s books, records and ledgers has been ongoing since April 2, according to Mr Conway.

He went on to say he “regrets” that the FAI was not in a position to assist Sport Ireland with questions ahead of last week’s committee.

Mr Conway also says that the FAI has advised Sport Ireland that “some recent comments made by the FAI did not accurately reflect the Board’s level of awareness of the existence of the €100,000 issue in 2017”.

Head of Sport Ireland John Treacy said that the organisation had not sufficiently explained the circumstances around a €100,000 loan from Mr Delaney  to the organisation in 2017.

More to follow…

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