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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 7°C


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# 2030
'Time is right for UK and Ireland World Cup bid' - Noel Mooney
The former interim FAI chief executive has recently taken over at the Football Association of Wales.
# Slip
Ireland drop to 50th in latest Fifa World Rankings
The Boys in Green fall three places.
# Review
Kenny’s Ireland remain a side stuck in progress, but the FAI will give him more time
We take a look back at some of what went right and wrong for Ireland in the latest international window.
# Interview
The trailblazing coach who helped usher in a new era for Irish football
Sue Ronan discusses her time with Ireland as a player and manager, and the work she has done since.
# level playing field
FAI announces equal pay for Ireland's senior men's and women's teams
It has been described as ‘a ground-breaking deal for Irish sport’ by the football governing body.
# New Look
Umbro reveal limited edition blue Ireland jersey to mark FAI centenary
The shirt will be released later this year.
# eagle eye
Rice appointed to full-time role in Kenny's Republic of Ireland backroom team
The 36-year-old former Shamrock Rovers captain will join Ireland as head scout and opposition analyst after departing Crystal Palace.
# John Delaney
Judge says she's not yet prepared to make order over files sought by ODCE in FAI investigation
The case will return before the court after the new legal terms commences in October.
FAI chief Hill targets World Cup wins and opens up on 'emotion' of Irish football
Chief executive says he will push government hard to have 25,000 fans in Aviva Stadium for games against Azerbaijan and Serbia which he admits ‘Ireland have to win’.
# Patience
No 'international decisions yet' for promising West Ham forward - Kenny
Mipo Odubeko was born in Dublin and qualifies for Nigeria and England.
# High Court
Judgement reserved on watchdog's application for disputed John Delaney documents
The judge said she would do her best to give judgement as soon as possible.
# New gig
Ex-FAI chief Noel Mooney appointed new CEO of Welsh FA
He spent six months as the interim General Manager of the FAI during the Association’s fire-fighting days in 2019.
# Finances
Revenue Commissioners yet to accept voluntary payment from the FAI
The Association yesterday posted their annual accounts for 2020.
# Departure
Rea Walshe to leave role at FAI
She was briefly the FAI’s Chief Executive in 2019, when John Delaney became Executive Vice-President.
# Wonderkid
FAI exploring potential Irish eligibility of Colombian-born teenage prospect Hollman McCormick
The 15-year-old striker last week became the fifth-youngest player to appear in South America’s version of the Champions League.
# Packie is back
'My impression of him is absolutely that he is a man of significant integrity'
11 years after being made redundant, Packie Bonner has made a return to the FAI.
# the reform continues
Gerry McAnaney re-elected FAI President
Paul Cooke also held onto his seat as Vice-President.
# safe pair of hands
Ireland legend Packie Bonner to make FAI return after 11 years
The Donegal native will be one of six independent directors ratified at Sunday’s EGM.
Judge wants LPP issues between ODCE, FAI and John Delaney completed by end of legal year
The comments were made by Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds when the matter came before her today.
# High Court
Judge to receive report next week concerning documents seized from FAI by ODCE
Many of the documents at issue relate to the FAI’s former CEO John Delaney.
# annual investment
State funding of €5.8 million to FAI on hold pending approval by Sport Ireland
Meanwhile, the GAA has been granted €2.4 million while €2.25 million has gone to the IRFU.
# statement
FAI voices opposition to plans for 'elitist' European Super League
Irish football’s governing body is backing Uefa.
# Milestone
'Feels like yesterday making my first' - 50th Irish cap for Arsenal star as World Cup qualifiers loom
Katie McCabe reached the half century mark against Belgium on Sunday.
# Manic Monday
Monday 19 April is D-Day for FAI's Euro hopes
Irish fans will find out in 10 days if Dublin will get to host four games in this year’s tournament.
# Discord
'Frustrated' SIPTU staff at the FAI hit out at lack of engagement from new CEO Jonathan Hill
The union say they have referred a number of issues to the Workplace Relations Commission.
# summer camp
Details confirmed as Stephen Kenny's Ireland to return to action with June friendlies
The Boys In Green will face Andorra and Hungary in early June as Kenny looks for his first win at the helm.
# new structures
FAI deny claim of 'gerrymandering' board elections process after structural overhaul
A new structure sees the FAI’s membership split into three groups, with only one of them guaranteed two seats on the board.
# without a role
FAI Chairman Barrett fears staff morale may be affected by ongoing Robbie Keane situation
Keane remains under contract at the FAI but has not had a role at the Association for almost a year.
# backing
FAI give vote of confidence to Stephen Kenny
The manager’s job is not under immediate threat in spite of last night’s defeat to Luxembourg.
# late withdrawal
'If the player isn't ready, we'll accept that' - Highly rated West Ham teen's absence from Ireland U21 squad explained
Jim Crawford says ‘fatigue’ led to Ademipo Odubeko’s withdrawal.
High Court rules that case about investigation into FAI can be heard in public for now
Delaney has applied for the proceedings to be held in private.
Highly rated West Ham teenager among 14 new call-ups to Crawford's U21 squad
Bohemians pair Dawson Devoy and Andy Lyons join Bray Wanderers’ Brian Maher as the three players selected from the League of Ireland.
FAI 'very comfortable' with new Dundalk coaching set-up that sees Giovagnoli take reduced role
Dundalk may face punishment if Giovagnoli is deemed to be performing managerial duties, however.
# Change Of Plan
Ireland to play Qatar in Hungary later this month
The fixture had originally been due to take place in Dublin.
# High Court
Second barrister appointed to help with inspection of seized FAI documents
Delaney’s application to have the hearing held in private remains outstanding.
# Judgement
Court appoints one extra person to examine files seized from FAI
The ODCE’s application to appoint more people was objected by former FAI CEO John Delaney.
# statement
FAI 'delighted' after UK government commit to support joint bid to host 2030 World Cup
The FAI could launch a bid to host the tournament with the football associations of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
# a saga retold
The Premier League club Ireland might have had: an oral history of the Dublin Dons
More than 25 years ago, an Irish consortium led by Eamon Dunphy tried to buy Wimbledon FC and move it to Dublin. Some of the key players recall the story, and wonder what Irish football might look like now had it happened.
# Meet the new boss
Finding a sponsor, hosting a World Cup and not needing to read Champagne Football - New FAI boss lays out his vision
Jonathan Hill is the FAI’s first permanent CEO since John Delaney, and yesterday he explained how he plans to drag Irish football from its miserable recent past.
# still on the sidelines
New FAI boss yet to meet Robbie Keane to resolve his future
New CEO Jonathan Hill spoke to the Irish press today, where he revealed the FAI are saying no to a gambling sponsor, and that he has yet to read Champagne Football.