FAI Communications Director Cathal Dervan conducted an interview with Niall Quinn at Abbotstown yesterday, using the FAI’s own channels of communication and avoiding having to bring media together during a time of social distancing.
The interview covers the postponement of the Euro’s by twelve months and talking about “our partners having been brilliant around this.” He references the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Dublin City Council as well as an Garda Siochána, the Dublin Airport Authority and more as being fully supportive.
The Qualifier against Slovakia is scheduled now for a date in the June international window from June 1st to 9th, a time originally scheduled for friendlies ahead of the Finals.
Quinn referenced the fact that this would only take place if there was a much better situation with regard to public health.
There will be a virtual meeting between SSE Airtricity League of Ireland clubs on Thursday to update on where clubs are with regard to players and any possible support for them but in a world where hundreds of thousands of individuals are temporarily losing their jobs, care needs to be taken that one group within the community is not considered better than any other.
“We won’t be issuing orders and telling people what to do, we need to work together and offer assistance where we can,” he said.
This is in part the interview that we would have been hosting in front of a Sport for Business audience at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow morning but that is an event that will be rescheduled when the current crisis loosens its grip on what we can do together in person.