Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Minister for Sport Shane Ross and representatives of Sport Ireland are due before the Oireachtas Sports Committee today.

Sport Ireland, who have suspended funding to the FAI, will voice their disappointment at the association’s refusal to answer important questions at last weeks sitting.

They will also announce plans to carry out a full audit of the association, pending the outcome of reviews into governance and financial matters.

Yesterday, FAI Executive Vice President, John Delaney, offered to step aside from his role, pending an independent investigation by the Association.

Mr Delaney has come under pressure over a €100,000 loan he gave the association in 2017.

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock, who is a member of the Oireachtas Sports Committee, says that stepping aside is not enough.

“This is yet another sidestep, another sideshow and another distraction,” said Mr Rock.

“Frankly, it tries to cover over the real issues at play here, which are issues of corporate governance and issues of finance.”

Fergus O’Dowd, chairman of the committee, said on Monday that a “forensic audit” by an independent group is “the only clear way” to get to the bottom of the sporting scandal.

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