Inaugural meeting of new FAI National Council…25/10/2019

The inaugural meeting of the new FAI National Council took place today, Friday the 25th October 2019. The meeting was chaired by FAI President Donal Conway.

Mr Conway confirmed his intention to remain on the Board until next July. He also confirmed that he would relinquish the Chair when the new Independent Chair is appointed. A shortlist for the appointment of four Independent Directors, one of whom will take the Chair, has been drawn up and the interview process is expected to be completed in a matter of weeks.

The meeting was advised that the accounts for 2018 and the revised 2017 accounts are currently being audited on site by Deloitte and are expected to be revealed at a reconvened AGM by early December.

It was noted that the Sport Ireland commissioned KOSI report and the FAI commissioned Mazars report into matters relating to the FAI were expected to be received next month.

It is widely known that the FAI has sought privilege on two documents containing legal advice submitted to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) and the ODCE has sought a High Court hearing in respect of these documents which is scheduled for Thursday the 14th November 2019.

In other matters, the Council elected six members to three new Business Committees, formed in line with the recommendations of the Governance Review Group.

Larry Bass, CEO of global television company ShinAwil and lawyer Andrew Doyle, CEO of Sal Sports Capital have been appointed to the Finance Committee.

Change management and risk assessment qualified Noel Daly together with Sean Brodie, a former Revenue Commissioners Auditor, were elected to the Audit Risk and Compliance Committee.

Business owner Daniel Lambert, the Marketing and Commercial Director with Bohemian FC together with Chartered Accountant Kevin McDaid, the holder of an MBA in Football Industries from the University of Liverpool, have been elected to the Commercial Committee.

It was further confirmed that Acting General Manager Noel Mooney will leave the Association and return to his executive position with UEFA on the 1st December 2019.