FAI President announces EGM ahead of AGM
The EGM has been called to facilitate the implementation of the first phase of the Governance Review Group Report’s recommendations, including changes to the Board.
The first phase of the proposed changes to the Constitution of the Association will be presented to the Association’s members at the AGM on July 27th.
The President has also told AGM members that, in light of recent events, it will not be possible to present 2018 accounts to the AGM. The accounts element of the AGM will be adjourned until such time as it is possible to present audited accounts.
In his letter, the President told AGM members: “The lead up to this year’s AGM has been a difficult period for the Association requiring a thorough independent review of our governance structures, a number of parallel investigations into our affairs and unfortunately, a suspension of government funding streams.
“The Board are of the view that a reform of the Association’s governance structure is long overdue and accept responsibility for not having acted on this issue much earlier.
“The implementation of the Report’s recommendations is a complex exercise that will be completed in a number of stages and over a period of time.
“As President, I am also very aware that the Association’s members will want to understand the process for the implementation of the proposed changes and in particular to understand the proposals and procedures proposed for the nomination and election of new Board members into the future.
“These matters will be specifically addressed through our Governance Review Roadshows which we are conducting over the coming weeks in order to provide clarity on the reasons for, and the effect of, the changes being proposed as part of the Association’s governance reforms.
“In addition, we also intend to prepare and publish on our website in advance of the AGM, a frequently asked questions document to address some of the queries that have arisen in relation to the implementation of the recommendations of the Report.”
The President has again confirmed in his letter that the current Board of the FAI has committed to stand down at the AGM on July 27th and added: “As per the Report, for handover and transition purposes and to manage the serious risks where everyone leaves at once, at least one or possibly a maximum of two members might consider putting themselves forward for position on the Interim Board.”
He also urged AGM members to back the report of the Governance Review Group and its 78 proposals for the reform of the FAI.
“I cannot over emphasise the importance of our members voting in favour of the proposed resolutions at the AGM, and separately at the EGM, as the passing of these resolutions will help to deliver change and improve the way in which the Association is governed,” wrote the President.
“Government funding provided through Sport Ireland to the Association has been suspended and will not be reinstated until Sport Ireland are satisfied that the Association has made significant strides in improving governance at the Association.
“In addition to the suspension of this funding, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport have also suspended Sport Capital Grant funding to the FAI and Large Capital Sports Infrastructure funding. All of these funding streams are very important in delivering our grassroots programmes around the country and improving our football infrastructure.
“We have been working hard to ensure that all of our stakeholders are informed of developments and our dedicated staff have continued to deliver programmes. Whilst our sponsors have been very supportive, for which we thank them, the majority have an expectation that the recommendations contained in the Report will be implemented. Sponsorship income is a very important funding stream for the Association.
“The Board would ask you to support the Report as it heralds a new start for the FAI in leading governance reform and will give all of our stakeholders confidence in the FAI going forward.”
Regarding the 2018 accounts, the President wrote: “Given the well-publicised issues that have arisen over the last number of months and the investigations that are ongoing, it will not be possible to present the 2018 accounts to the members at the AGM.
“It is therefore necessary that this element of the business of the AGM be adjourned until such time as the accounts are finalised, and the audited accounts can be laid before the members.”
The FAI will present the Governance Review Group report at a series of workshops across the country ahead of the EGM on July 20th at a venue to be confirmed. The AGM will be hosted at the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim, County Meath on July 27th.