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Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Special Educational Needs Service Provision (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: 167. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a SNA and resource teacher will be put in place for a child (details supplied) in County Cork. [53576/19]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: On the one hand, we all would like to see everybody from the board of the FAI attend the meeting. On the other, however, the Minister says he will not deal with anybody from the old guard. How will we speed up the process? If the old guard does not go, the Minister will not engage with the board of the FAI. We are looking to keep the members of the old guard in place in order that we can...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: Regarding the Senator's comments, I hope that we do not compromise our national anthem. It would be like athletes from Russia going to Tokyo next year with no flag flying over them. I am seen as someone who puts up his hand for being offside. I do not have to use the VAR system.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: The new technology.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: We have come a long way in the past few months. When I saw the accounts, I went to a professional accountant to be sure. So much has gone off track with the financial stability of what is a large national association. That said, I would not be in favour of dismantling the association. As happened with the Olympic Council of Ireland, perhaps a name change might be a move in the right...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: Yes, the document produced by Aidan Horan.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: Did the Minister see the document with 78 recommendations?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: Did the Minister see the document before it was put in the public domain?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: There was a recommendation that a minimum of one or two previous board members should be retained. Why did the Minister not pull out that time?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: Why was the Minister so slow to come out of the traps?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: Obviously.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: Eventually.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: While the Minister did later on, he did not condemn the recommendation within days of the report being published. It was more or less when nominations came through for the FAI AGM that he spoke his mind. He did not put it on public record when the report was published that he was unhappy with the recommendation.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: The Minister waited until the nominations came out for the FAI.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: The document was done in joint partnership with Sport Ireland. Is it correct that Sport Ireland sponsored the document?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: Aidan Horan was independent and professional. He knows his job.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: Did Sport Ireland or the Department see draft copies of the KOSI report before the finalised document was published?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: Is the Minister sure of that?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Governance and Funding of Football Association of Ireland: Discussion (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin O'Keeffe: So the document that is with the Garda was the only document issued by KOSI and there were no drafts prior to that.

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