Discussion planned on FAI matters at a NEFL club management meeting

Story by Conall Collier

Sunday, 31st March, 2019 12:35pm

Discussion planned on FAI matters at a NEFL club management meeting

John Delaney at the opening of the NEFL astro in Navan in 2014.jpg

A discussion about the FAI and John Delaney could be on the agenda at the next North East Football League club management meeting. 

At this year's AGM of the North East Football League in February a question was raised from the floor under AOB (any other business) on the agenda by Rock Celtic official Donal Lynch about the FAI in an effort to generate some discussion amongst the delegates.

The Rock Celtic official was informed by NEFL secretary Gerry Gorman that "your points are noted and that the matter could be discussed at a later meeting."  

DELEGATES AT THE NECSL AGM IN FEBRUARY

Usually, the NEFL will host club management meetings throughout the season, but no date has been announced yet for the first club meeting of 2019.

The NEFL season for 2019 kicked-off last weekend and it's likely that the first meeting would be scheduled towards the end of April to assess the new format for the league that was introduced this year. 

That would provide an opportunity for the matter raised by the Rock Celtic official at the AGM to be listed on the agenda

Delaney has been a frequent visitor to Meath both to the NEFL premises and to clubs.

In February 2018 turned the sod on Bohermeen Celtic's proposed new development Derek Brady Park and announced a €10,000 donation from the FAI for the project by the North East Football League-affiliated club.

JOHN DELANEY AT THE TURNING OF THE SOD IN BOHERMEEN CELTIC

In July 2016 he attended an official opening of Navan Town FC's major development and handed over a sheque of €5,000 from the FAI.

The FAI yesterday evening issued the following statement.

The Board of the Football Association of Ireland acknowledges the concerns expressed by members of the football family, supporters, commentators, politicians and the public around recent media stories concerning the Association.  

The Board is committed to fully addressing the issues of concern and is undertaking steps to do so.

The Board of the FAI has established a sub-committee, from amongst its members, which is working closely with the Association's external advisers and auditors to urgently address these matters.  

Global auditing and consulting group Mazars has been commissioned by the sub-committee to conduct an independent and in-depth external review of all matters.  The Board has requested that this review be completed as soon as possible. 

The FAI is engaging fully with Sport Ireland and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement in dealing with their particular inquiries.  

The Association will be appearing before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport and recognises and shares the desire for the matters to be addressed as soon as possible, with due regard to the different ongoing processes.

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