Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
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We would all agree that what was really unfortunate, when the board changed, was that some members remained.

That has caused confusion and postponed the recovery that should have happened through a transitional arrangement. In his opening statement the Minister said that the FAI is not fit to handle public funds. That was the finding of the KOSI audit. It acknowledged that some steps had been taken to address the shortcomings but there was a steep mountain to climb before funding could be reinstated to the FAI. I accept that we cannot see the KOSI report and I am not looking for it, but for the recovery to happen we need to know what the shortcomings are. Surely it will be possible to get that. Otherwise we will not be able to map out a route to recovery for the FAI. Perhaps Sport Ireland and the Minister will address that. That finding is a big statement. We are trying to work in the dark here. Is it possible to get that?