Minister for Sport Shane Ross has warned the FAI that they risk losing out on large capital sports grants if they do not answer questions over governance.
Former CEO John Delaney’s future was cast into doubt last night after a week of controversy which included an appearance in front of the Oireachtas Committee where Delaney declined to answer questions. He said legal advice precluded him from doing so.
Recently, the Sunday Times have reported on a €100,000 loan Delaney gave the association in 2017 and other governance issues with the association.
In the aftermath of that, Minister for Sport Shane Ross said he has “ongoing concerns relating to corporate governance at the FAI and the circumstances surrounding a financial transaction.”
He told RTE News the FAI have "very serious questions to answer."
The FAI have not answered the questions that were necessary. They haven't answered questions on corporate governance. We have to look at how they are running the sporting body. It seems to me those questions have to be answered. If they are not answered, we will take the necessary action.
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) April 14, 2019
It comes after Kerry District League secretary John O'Regan confirmed that Delaney was about end his almost 18-year association with the FAI. O'Regan is also a member of the FAI Senior Council.