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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Sport Ireland demand FAI loan answers

 

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Sport Ireland have demanded answers from the FAI over the €100,000 loan to the association from CEO John Delaney.

The FAI admitted last weekend that it has received a €100,000 loan from Delaney in April 2017 to ease cash flow problems. The transaction was not mentioned in the audited accounts for 2017 and the FAI have yet to give a detailed explanation of what it called "a short-term cash flow issue"

Ahead of a planned appearance by Delaney at An Oireachtas committee next month, Sport Ireland have asked for clarification from the FAI, who received €7.25m in state funding in 2017.

"Sport Ireland has written to the President of the Football Association of Ireland seeking urgent clarification from the Board of the FAI on media reports concerning a loan to the organisation by its Chief Executive, including the circumstances of the loan and its repayment," read the statement.

"Sport Ireland was not notified at any stage in 2017 about any apparent material deterioration in the FAI's financial position, as per Sport Ireland's Terms and Conditions of Grant Approval, and has sought additional clarification in relation to this matter."

The FAI last night issued their own statement, their fourth press release in four days on a non-footballing matter, to acknowledge the receipt of communication from the government body.

"The Football Association of Ireland has this evening received correspondence from Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy on behalf of Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross," the FAI said.

"The Association are currently preparing a reply to Mr Treacy and will respond at the earliest opportunity."

Figures provided by Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy show that, since 2008, the FAI has received total State funding of €49.448m. The FAI were due to appear before an Oireachtas committee to answer questions by Murphy and other Oireachtas members last month, but that was delayed as Delaney was on UEFA business in Switzerland.

However, Delaney and the association will appear before members of the Oireachtas on April 10 to answer queries about the financial affairs of the association.

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