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Friday 24 January 2020

New FAI board members hold back

Minister for Sport Shane Ross
Minister for Sport Shane Ross

The independent chair of a new-look FAI board is holding off on taking up that role with the embattled football body in yet another delay to the reform process.

The FAI have announced that four independent members of the board, including that all-important independent chair, have been identified by an external agency.

But they are all holding off on taking their positions. The FAI wrote to the Department of Sport, Transport and Tourism to give an update on the situation, which is key to any reform process.

Minister for Sport Shane Ross has said that the appointment of four independent directors is key to any restoration of state funding. The FAI board currently has an eight-strong all-male board.

Process

Following a process involving AMROP, the external agency tasked with finding the four, the FAI said their Nominations Committtee "identified a preferred candidate for the position of Independent Chairperson" but added that "this individual is currently undertaking a thorough analysis of current issues and concerns within the FAI".

The letter added: "The Nominations Committee has agreed to await the outcome of this exercise before completing its work.

"The Nominations Committee has also identified three preferred candidates for the position of Independent Directors. The individuals identified are being afforded the opportunity to receive a briefing on current issues and concerns."

The FAI told the Department that they would nominate the four to the board once they had agreed to take their seats but no date has been set.

The FAI also said they were "aware of the urgency attached by some stakeholders to announcing the appointments".

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