Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Governance Review Group Report for the FAI Board and Sport Ireland: Sport Ireland

Photo of Marc MacSharryMarc MacSharry (Sligo-Leitrim, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

Mr. Treacy said in his letter and in his opening statement that the urgency of moving forward arises from the need to provide the public football community and stakeholders with assurance that there is a determination in the FAI to enact the necessary reforms. He mentioned rebuilding public trust and confidence as quickly as possible and that in some way is driving the urgency. I put it to him that if we look at the Genesis report from 17 years ago, which took more than a year in terms of implementation and to'ing and fro'ing with Sport Ireland and yet here we are doing this so quickly. We have ascertained from Mr. Horan that in an ideal world we would have the results of all of the reports before setting out the pathway for the future.

He himself said the full picture will not emerge for a number of months. It will undermine public confidence and trust if we proceed as hastily as we are in a financial vacuum. As Deputy Rock has said, we have queries around the legality. I know the letter around the holding of the AGM states Sport Ireland has assurances from the FAI that the holding of the AGM without the accounts is not a problem. I query that and have concerns that there is a problem. Certainly, to be pressing ahead with such a level of rule change is madness in the extreme without having the detail that is about to come to us. Mr. Mulvey rightly said the ODCE is hugely important.


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