Niamh O’Mahony is to be nominated for election to the Board of the FAI, representing the professional game after a ‘hustings’ and election held last night online.

O’Mahony currently works as the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Governance with Football Supporters Europe, a group representing supporter-owned clubs.

She has been involved from the early days of supporter ownership at Cork City FC and is a former director of the club.

The vacancy created by Dick Shakespeare’s stepping down from the Board last week will be filled at a reconvened AGM on December 15th and O’Mahony faced off against Caroline Rhatigan for the nomination, winning 21-18 in a tight vote of representatives from the clubs, Men’s and Women’s leagues, players and underage leagues.

O’Mahony is a long-time member and supporter of Sport for Business and has spoken at a number of our events down the years.

Her elevation to the FAI Board will see female representation rise to 25 percent, still short of the 40 percent requirement by the end of next year in order to comply with Government backed Governance criteria on equality of representation at leadership level.