FAI President Donal Conway was elected unopposed with 134 votes in favour, five against and one abstention at today's AGM in Trim.
Conway's election came despite objections from Minister for Sport Shane Ross and Sport Ireland. Paul Cooke secured the position of Vice-President, on a count of 80 votes to 57.
It came after outgoing vice-president Noel Fitzroy withdrew from the race prior to the vote.
The new board will now set about implementing recommendations from the Governance Review Group report. One of those recommendations was that a previous board member remains in the interim, which is way Conway stood again. He confirmed today he would not look to remain beyond that.
It was also announced at the Annual General Meeting, that six people have been elected to an Interim FAI Board, by their respective constituencies. They were Martin Heraghty and Dick Shakespeare of the National Leagues, John Finnegan and Dave Moran of Amateur Adult Football, John Earley of Schoolboys and Schoolgirls and Joe O’Brien for others and affiliates.
Four further independent members will be added to the 12-person board in the coming weeks.
The AGM will reconvene later this year when the accounts are available.
Paul McLoone of Finn Harps: “A lot of decisions being made on the blind. I don’t know the board nominations but I doubt there are too many females. The whole public perception will be same old, same old…I’m not sure this has been a good day at all.”
— Owen Cowzer (@OCowzer) July 27, 2019
As reported by the Irish Sun, speaking at the AGM, Paul McLoone of Finn Harps outlined his outstanding concerns after events.
A lot of decisions being made on the blind. I don’t know the board nominations but I doubt there are too many females. The whole public perception will be same old, same old…I’m not sure this has been a good day at all.
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