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Kian Clarke of Shamrock Rovers II

Kian Clarke of Shamrock Rovers II

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Kian Clarke of Shamrock Rovers II

A 'yes' to Shamrock Rovers II and no place for Limerick FC was, as expected, the outcome of the FAI's club licencing process, as clubs can finally plan for the 2020 season with certainty.

Just 48 hours before the new Premier Division season is due to kick off, a FAI statement confirmed that all clubs who had applied for a licence for the new campaign had been granted a licence.

It stated that 10 clubs had been given a Premier Division licence: Bohemians, Cork City, Derry City, Dundalk, Finn Harps, Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne, Sligo Rovers, St Patrick's Athletic, Waterford.

Ten clubs were also given licences for the First Division: Athlone Town, Bray Wanderers, Cabinteely, Cobh Ramblers, Drogheda United, Galway United, Longford Town, Shamrock Rovers II, UCD, and Wexford FC.

Case

The FAI statement confirms that Limerick FC, despite taking a High Court case against the FAI to fight for their right to submit a licence, did not in the end put in a licence application and the 2020 season will go ahead without a presence in the city.

Limerick's stance had forced the FAI to issue a second fixture list for Division One last month, including Limerick, two weeks after the original fixture list was issued.

That list for an 11-team league, with a shortened league season and a Shield competition, has now been shelved.

Shamrock Rovers II have been granted a licence and that will test the resolve of rival clubs in the second tier who had vowed to take "extreme measures", including a boycott of matches against the Hoops' second string, to state their opposition.

Six clubs had their licence held up by queries from the FAI's licencing department, with further information requested on Cork City's finances and Athlone Town's pitch.