Ahead of his appointment as interim boss, Mr Delaney was part of an FAI delegation brought in for what was described as a “dressing down” from the then minister for sport, John O’Donoghue. Fran Rooney had just left the association, and the government was making noises about the FAI’s failure to implement the Genesis Report commissioned in the aftermath of Saipan. One TD had even called for a Public Accounts Committee to conduct an audit into the use of public funds. Reports at the time suggested politicians welcomed the idea of Mr Delaney coming in as Mr Rooney’s replacement because he was someone they could work with. It was about building bridges. Suspending funding to the FAI was always the nuclear option, the step no government or statutory body ever wants to take because of the harm it can do to volunteers and projects on the ground. And the FAI made it through that period with Mr Delaney at the helm, even if it didn’t quite adopt all of the Genesis recommendations – a point that has been made on a number of occasions during a period of uncertainty that is a throwback to the start of the Waterford man’s… Read full this story
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