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John Delaney's Salary Has Been Criticised In Leinster House

John Delaney's Salary Has Been Criticised In Leinster House
By Conor Neville Updated

John Delaney's controversial salary was brought up at today's meeting of the Public Accounts Committee at Leinster House.

Irish Sports Council chief John Treacy was there to answer questions the funding of the three big field sports bodies, the GAA, IRFU and the FAI.

Labour TD Robert Dowds was keen to talk about the amount of money John Delaney takes home every night (a popular political cause). Dowds said that Delaney's salary of €360,000 'seems like an inordinate sum.'

Treacy argued that it was a matter for the FAI board and no sports council funds had gone towards Delaney's salary.

Dowds continued, pointing out that he was getting 'nearly twice what the Taoiseach is getting.' Delaney has continually argued that he has turned down salaries worth well in excess of what he currently earns as FAI Chief Executive. He told Sky Sports News (as part of a rather tame profile piece last year) that he turned down  a job with a salary worth three times what he is currently on.

Dowds went on to say the FAI was less well organised than both the GAA and the IRFU. Treacy acknowledged that the 'club structure was a little weaker than the other two bodies, but argued that the FAI has worked 'relentlessly in socially deprived areas' and places the other bodies can't reach.

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