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Saturday 3 December 2016

€3.5m-a-year paid from taxpayer to Irish football since Fifa deal

Sepp Blatter
Sepp Blatter

The FAI received nearly €15m in money from the taxpayer from 2010 to 2013 after it was given a €5m pay-off by Fifa following the infamous Thierry Henry handball incident.

Figures are not yet available for 2014.

The Irish Sports Council pumped €13m into the FAI from 2010 to 2013, making it the biggest supplier of public funds to the association.

Since last week, the country's governing soccer body have been fielding criticism over the transparency of the €5m cash-injection which was suggested by Fifa's Sepp Blatter to stop the FAI from taking legal action over the fallout of the Henry 2009 incident in a World Cup qualifier.

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Last week the Herald revealed how the €5m sum was split into two tranches and recorded as loans and income in the FAI accounts.

An examination of the FAI accounts since 2010 has shown the breakdown of which government departments supply the FAI with funds, and how much they hand over. In 2010, the Association received €3,884,000. The vast majority of that came from the Irish Sports Council, who paid them €3,610,000.

The rest came from the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs who handed over €232,000, and the Department of Foreign Affairs who supplied €42,000.

In 2011, the Association was paid €3,395,274 by government departments and the Sports Council.

Again the Irish Sports Council supplied the majority of this with funds of €3,350,674 and the Department of Foreign Affairs supplied €42,000. The remainder again came from the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs who paid €2,600 - a smaller sum than in 2010.

In 2012, there was a larger number of government departments supplying taxpayers' money to the FAI, boosting its take to €3,936,856 when Sports Council funds are added.

This was made up of €2,992,560 from the Irish Sports Council; €45,000 from the Department of Environment; €400,857 from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs; €220,000 from the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism; €283,939 from the Department of Justice; and €35,000 from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

In 2013, €3,276,564 was paid over to the FAI in grants and donations.

A total of €2,842,932 was paid by the Irish Sports Council; €349,242 by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs; €42,390 was paid by the Department of the Environment; and €42,000 by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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