Thursday, 31 January 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport announced in 2017 that it would be mandatory by 2019 for sporting bodies to comply with the corporate governance code and that this was part of the reform of corporate governance structures. The code states that no member of a board would serve more than three cycles of three years. Currently, seven of the 11 board members of the Football Association of Ireland have exceeded that limit and the FAI is now proposing to change its rules. If these changes are passed it could mean that a board member could serve upwards of 20 years, which is more than double the recommended limit. What plans has the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to intervene to ensure that sporting bodies, which are in receipt of State funding, comply with and adhere to the corporate governance codes, or is he just going to turn a blind eye to it?