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Sinn Féin TD Calls For FAI To Answer Questions On Delaney's 'Golden Handshake'

Sinn Féin TD Calls For FAI To Answer Questions On Delaney's 'Golden Handshake'

Sinn Féin spokesperson for sport, Jonathan O'Brien TD, has written to the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport asking for this week's agenda to include an appearance by the FAI.

O'Brien wishes to see the FAI answer questions regarding John Delaney's severance package from the association.

Delaney, who had been on gardening leave since April 15th, resigned from the FAI on Saturday night.

Reports regarding the amount of the pay-off vary from €350,000 to €500,000.

"The insults continue to be thrown at every Irish football fan as we now hear John Delaney has been handed a very handsome golden handshake by the FAI," said O'Brien.

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This will cause huge anger and upset among football fans.

I have written today to the Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport seeking that this week’s meeting’s agenda be changed to include an appearance by the FAI to explain and to answer questions I and others have.

This is an urgent issue and cannot be kicked to the long grass. Transparency must be put in place and State funding should be kept suspended until the FAI meets the most basic standards of governance and openness about the public money they receive.

On RTÉ's Morning Ireland, chairman of the committee, Fergus O'Dowd - just as Minister for Sport Shane Ross did on Sunday - called for the FAI to disclose details of Delaney's pay-off.

Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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