FAI Staff including International Managers Mick McCarthy, Stephen Kenny and Vera Pauw are to have a portion of their salaries deferred during April as the Association looks to manage its financial resources in the face of the impact of COVID-19.
All those who earn a figure of €25,000 will defer at least 10 per cent of salary with the figure rising to as much as 50 per cent at the higher levels.
“Like the rest of the country, the FAI is now feeling the full financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our projected income streams in these exceptional circumstances,” said FAI Interim CEO Gary Owens after informing staff.
“The financial challenges faced by the association are such now that we have been left with no choice but to implement these pay deferrals on an equitable basis. Those who are paid the most by the FAI will take the largest deferrals.”
“This difficult decision has been taken to protect the viability of the association and the future for our staff. Like other national governing bodies who have taken such measures, we will explore all avenues to help us through this crisis.”
The IRFU made a similar public statement last week and employers across the board are having to find ways to work with staff in order to maintain positions in the longer term.
A survey of fans across Europe which we will report on later today did provide hope for the future though, indicating that watching sport live and on TV with friends was the thing that was missed most by young adult males.