Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Robert Troy, has said Sports Ireland was left with no other option other than to suspend funding to the FAI given the fact that the FAI admitted they had not made a full financial disclosure to Sports Ireland. Deputy Troy also said that the FAI Board Membershave mammoth task to justify their positions when they appear before Oireachtas Committee tomorrow.
Deputy Troy explained, “The decision made by Sports Ireland to suspend and withhold future funding to the FAI does not come as any great surprise given that their CEO John Treacy refused to express confidence in the board of the FAI. Whilst they had said they would await the outcome of the Oireachtas Committee before making any decisions on funding, it appears they have been left with no other option.
“FAI board members must be prepared to answer questions when they come before the Oireachtas Committee tomorrow. There are existing questions in relation to the €100k bridging loan and the subsequent transferring of Chief Executive John Delaney to another position of power within the organisation. I will be seeking comprehensive answers.
“Once again we see a situation where the failure of senior executives in an organisation impacts the grassroots hardest. The funding Sports Ireland provides to the FAI facilitates the growth of the nationwide Development Officer network and the success of soccer through education at underage levels. The FAI won’t have the capacity to sustain these programmes without state funding”, concluded Deputy Troy.