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Sport Ireland Will Look To Exercise FAI Finance and Governance Audit

Sport Ireland Will Look To Exercise FAI Finance and Governance Audit

Following on from the FAI's sitting with the Oireachtas Committee for Transport, Tourism and Sport last week, it is believed Sport Ireland will look to perform a full finance and governance audit of the Football Association before any restoration of state funding becomes available again.

The statutory body announced in their own sit down with the committee on April 3rd that any remaining funding due to be given to the Association - which amounts to just shy of €3 million per annum - will be withheld until they are satisfied the FAI has it's house in order.

The decision was taken amid the continuing mystery that surrounds a loan that former FAI Chief Executive and current Executive Vice President, John Delaney, gave to his employers back in 2017.

Reports would suggest that the condition of launching an audit is one of several that Sport Ireland has imposed on the FAI should they wish to have their funding restored, in a statement sent to the Oireachtas Committee ahead of a follow-up meeting with them tomorrow.

That statement also suggests that Sport Ireland is gravely concerned by the events of last Wednesday's meeting between the committee and the FAI, where many questions put to the Football Association delegation by the sitting TD's were not answered.

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Despite giving an account as to why the loan was made, John Delaney refused to answer any questions from the committee in relation to it, his time in office, or indeed any queries on the financial health of the FAI after receiving advice from his legal representatives.

It is thought tomorrow's meeting will open with Sport Ireland Chief Executive, John Treacy, delivering the organisation's statement. The committee will also hear from the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD as part of proceedings.

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