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Stepping aside not good enough, Delaney and board must go – Imelda Munster TD

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Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster has this evening that the offer to step aside from the FAI by John Delaney is not good enough and that he and the board should go.

She also said that root and branch reform of the organisation is urgently needed under the direction of a new board.

Speaking today Teachta Munster said;

“While Mr Delaney’s departure will be welcome news to the Irish Public and the Irish football family in particular, stepping aside pending the completion of an investigation is not good enough. Mr Delaney and the board must go. State funding should not be restored until such time as they are gone.

“There can be no confidence or accountability while the current board remains in place.  Their performance at committee last week was completely unacceptable.

“Only for the work of a Sunday Times journalist we would not be aware of the highly unusual €100,000 loan that Mr Delaney gave to the FAI or the fact that this was not declared to Sport Ireland.

“The response from the FAI board to this revelation was completely inadequate, so much so that the CEO of Sport Ireland failed to express confidence in the board when I questioned him at Committee.  Sport Ireland has since suspended its funding of the FAI.

“We now urgently need to see root and branch reform of the FAI under the direction of a new board.”

ENDS

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