The FAI Board will meet tonight to hear an update on the search for a new manager of the Senior Men’s team and plenty more on what is likely to be a packed agenda as ever.
One of the items may be the review of governance that was called for as part of the 2019 Governance Review Group of 2019 and the memorandum of Understanding between the Government and the Association from 2020 that effectively allowed it to survive.
If it is on tonight’s agenda it will be a positive following the publication this afternoon of the MOU Implementation Report by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
It confirms that 159 of the 163 measures required to be implemented have been so and that the four remaining are in progress. These include gender balance within the FAI Council, Committees and at the AGM and about the completion of full compliance, which are related.
“The FAI has made significant progress in implementing very important and necessary reforms since the Memorandum of Understanding was agreed in 2020,” said Minister Catherine Martin.
“This progress has enabled the Government, through Sport Ireland, to continue to provide increased funding to the Association for the development of football in Ireland.”
“It is important that the FAI continues to progress the reforms, including gender balance requirements, to ensure a stronger association for Irish football into the future.”
“The Memorandum of Understanding with the FAI was a critical element in the Government’s financial support for the FAI at the time when the Association’s very existence was at risk,” added Minister of State Thomas Byrne.
“Over the 4 years of the MOU, the FAI worked to deliver the necessary reforms that are critical to ensuring good governance in the Association and, as outlined in the report, 98% of the recommendations have now been addressed.”
“Sport Ireland will continue to work with the FAI to ensure that the best governance practices are implemented and maintained for the benefit of everyone involved in football in Ireland.”
“The recommendations were put in place to protect Irish football and to protect the interests of the Irish public. My Department will be engaging with Sport Ireland to consider the need for further support for the FAI beyond the term of the Memorandum of Understanding.”
The recommendations provide a comprehensive playbook on good governance, on the role and purpose of the Board and the structures governing the sport.
It is not the most captivating list of requirements but they are vital in terms of ensuring that the right focus on developing the game and maintaining an operable financial position are met.
The update on the manager will capture far more headlines but for those who have a grá for governance, the updates and progress reports have been published on the department website.
Both the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and the FAI members of the Sport for Business community.
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