The remuneration and terms of employment of CEO’s of Sporting Bodies will now have to be advised to Sport Ireland as part of the conditions of their funding.

This change and a special focus on the role of the CEO will be advised to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport by Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy tomorrow when he appears before it.

The change is based on what has emerged about the remuneration and package enjoyed by FAI CEO John Delaney prior to his stepping down from the role in March of this year.

While no other sporting CEO’s will be on the same high level of salary as Delaney was, the idea of potentially having their salary and conditions in the public domain may make it more challenging to recruit from outside the world of sport though it is no different an obligation than already exists in most publicly quoted companies and in the charity sector.

A 2017 Salary Survey by the Community Foundation for Ireland revealed that the average annual salary for CEO’s operating in the not for profit sector was €64,837. It was scaled according to the revenue generated by the organisation and the upper quartile of those who generated a turnover of more than €5 million saw that average rise to €114,857.

There is already a significant onus on Sporting Bodies, Local Sports Partnerships and others in receipt of funding from Sport Ireland to share substantial information on how the public money they are seeking is spent.

The new obligation will step further into probing or at least having oversight on how they are managed.

Treacy will also update the committee on the forensic audit of the FAI’s accounts is progressing with a final report due in September.

This will come after the reforms which have been recommended by the Governance Review Group are voted on by the FAI AGM on July 27th.

Acceptance of those reforms has been said to be a key step towards the restoration of Sport Ireland funding to the FAI.

In 2018 this amounted to €2.8 million made up in five key areas.

€1.12 million went towards the part funding of 57 members of staff within the Technical department covering development officers, national coordinators and programme specific administration staff.

€740,00 was directed towards Grassroots football; €305,000 towards Education and €400,410 towards Player development.

The final area of investment from Sport Ireland in 2018 was €337,500 towards the development of Women’s Football and the Women’s National Team.

Treacy will appear before the Committee with the meeting starting at 11 AM tomorrow and you will be able to watch proceedings from Committee Room 2 on the Houses of the Oireachtas live stream.


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