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FAI turmoil


NEW ROLE: Former FAI CEO John Delaney

NEW ROLE: Former FAI CEO John Delaney

Peter Wilcock.

NEW ROLE: Former FAI CEO John Delaney

John Delaney, the embattled ex-CEO of the FAI, will have to answer question on his own salary as well as being taken to task on the FAI's financial dealings when he faces politicians next month.

A whirlwind spell for Delaney, who had been CEO of the FAI since 2005, culminated with a stunning series of events that saw him step down as CEO for a new role as Executive Vice-President, with immediate effect.

As of this morning, the FAI's Chief Operating Officer, Rea Walshe, has taken over as interim CEO. The association stated yesterday that Delaney would take "a substantial reduction" in his €360,000 annual salary while in his new role.

But politicians are keen to grill Delaney on his, and the FAI's, finances when he faces an Oireachtas committee in two weeks' time.

"The most important thing from a public point of view, and this (the FAI) is not a public body but it does receive public funding, is that we want to be sure the money we give them as taxpayers is not for the professional game it's for participation of young people, for women, and that that money has all been spent on the purposes intended," Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on RTE yesterday.

Fergus O'Dowd TD, who chairs that Oireachtas committee, said there would be no "witchhunt" but that answers were needed. "We will get at the facts," he said.

"The question of his salary. It's a lot of money and people want the answers to those questions. The public are entitled to know how the FAI manage these issues."