New President and Vice President elected

New President and Vice President elected

Tony Fitzgerald elected President and Donal Conway Vice President of the Football Association of Ireland following 2014 AGM. Tony Fitzgerald was elected President and Donal Conway Vice President of the Football Association of Ireland today (July 26) at a Special Council meeting following the FAI’s 2014 AGM. Tony has a lifelong involvement in football in Cork with the Cork AUL and the Munster Football Association. He replaces outgoing FAI President Paddy McCaul who was praised at the Annual General Meeting for the excellent service he gave to Irish football during his tenure as President. Speaking during the Annual General Meeting, FAI CEO John Delaney said, “Paddy has done excellent work as President of the Association over the past four years. What a fitting tribute to his contribution to hold the AGM and festival of football in his home county and town. I thank Paddy for everything he has done and wish him and his family all the very best.”Welcoming the election of new FAI President Tony Fitzgerald and Vice President Donal Conway, John Delaney added, “Tony is a great football man. He has been involved in the game all of his life in Cork and will be an excellent representative as the incoming FAI President for all of the volunteers throughout the country. It is also nice to see a Munster man come in to the position and he will be our first FAI President from Cork since Pat O’Brien was elected in 1986. New FAI Vice President, Donal Conway is highly respected within Irish football with lifelong involvement in schools football as well as being Chairman of the Underage Committee for several years. We wish them both all the very best in their new roles.”Speaking to FAI Council members, after he was elected FAI President Tony Fitzgerald said “I am honoured to have been elected President of the FAI. It is a very proud moment for me and I look forward to serving the needs of our volunteers nationwide. Hopefully I will be able to live up to the task of this onerous position”On his election, new FAI Vice President, Donal Conway thanked everyone who had supported him and added, “I am delighted with the appointment. My background is within schools football however I take a strong interest in all aspects of the game and I very much look forward to representing all parts of the Association in my new position.”Fernando Gomes, Special Advisor to the UEFA Executive Committee, was present at the Annual General Meeting which is part of a pan European initiative to strengthen links between UEFA and its 54 member Associations. During the meeting the Association reported on its financial year to December 31, 2013 which resulted in a net profit of €8.97m and a 21% reduction in its debt from €63m to €50m following a restructuring which provided a gain to Irish football of €11.7m.The Association reported to its members that in the coming years its business plans show significant committed revenue streams which will enable it to continue delivering all of its football programmes while repaying its remaining debt.These revenue streams include:Centralised UEFA TV contracts that run from September 2014 worth €80m.Re-sale of the majority of Premium seats in 2020.Re-sale /renegotiation of stadium naming rights in 2020.UEFA hattrick funding every fourth year.Strong sponsorship revenues.At the Annual General Meeting John Delaney also outlined the work of the new Technical Advisory Committee, the announcement of a National Development Plan from the autumn, the restructuring of the Emerging Talent Programme to include children from ten years old from September, plans for a national U17 league and completion of the FAI’s academy development on the National Sports Campus by spring. Commenting on the progress, Delaney said, “We are at a crucial time for the development of our sport, particularly in the area of elite player development but I know that if everybody in the football family pulls together as one team we can deliver good results.”Commenting on his new contract, Delaney thanked the members for their support. “I thank the delegates, the members and volunteers for their continued support and look forward to serving the needs of everyone involved in the game with the same energy, determination and drive in the coming years.” 
26th Jul 2014