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# 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.
# good news
FAI announce major broadcast deals for League of Ireland and Women's National League
There’ll be plenty of live domestic football to watch over the coming months.
# in camera
High Court told that John Delaney bid for court proceedings to be held in private is 'very draconian'
Delaney’s legal team has said that the potential dissemination of legal documents is “a matter of enormous concern” to him.
# good news
Concussion subs to be trialled in League of Ireland this season
The FAI explained the process in a statement this evening.
# Support
FAI and PFA condemn social media abuse and death threats directed at James McClean
The Ireland and Stoke City winger has highlighted the ‘anti-Irish abuse’ he has received.
# John Delaney
ODCE wants more people appointed to help examine files seized from FAI
The office wants to appoint five more people to review materials over which claims of legal privilege are made by the FAI.
# clean slate
The FAI has settled a €368k bill with An Garda Síochána for policing major football matches
The FAI’s ability to repay the monies owed follows a €55 million government package which saved the organisation last year.
# Investigation
Additional independent person sought to help examine documents seized from FAI
Some 280,000 files were seized by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement.
# shock departure
FAI's handling of 'Videogate' led to Damien Duff's exit from Irish backroom staff
Duff has made an abrupt exit from the Irish camp, though it’s not thought he has any issue with Stephen Kenny.
‘Ignoring it wasn’t the answer’ – The Irish teen footballer who exposed disgraceful online abuse
Shelbourne player Jessie Stapleton on her recent tweet that went viral.
# much ado about nothing
FAI chief Barrett: Wembley 'Videogate' saga blown out of proportion
He did not deny the scale of the reaction was fuelled by the FAI’s own statement on the issue.
# the year that was
An A-Z of the Irish football year in 2020
We run through what has been a fairly desperate 12 months for Irish football, on and off the pitch.
# legacy
FAI paying Mike Ashley's Sports Direct €100,000 a month until October 2025
The Association’s dreadful financial position was outlined in an Annual General Meeting today.
# Kop Idol
Ronnie Whelan’s homecoming during the tumultuous summer of 1981
The young, former Home Farm midfielder was part of an eventful Dublin stay.
# Grounds For Concern
FAI to present Uefa with range of Aviva capacity scenarios in hope to hold on to Dublin's Euro 2020 games
The governing body are set to make a decision on whether to retain the 12-nation hosting arrangement in March.
# Unacceptable
Shamrock Rovers condemn 'hateful' racist and sexist abuse of their U17 players
A series of appalling comments appeared beneath a YouTube livestream of the teams’ respective national league finals.
# response
'Not acceptable in any circumstance' - FAI condemn comments on Women's U17 league final livestream
A player’s post containing screenshots of several comments has been shared widely on social media.
# dependence
‘The problem you had is that clubs relied on the FAI for a lot of things’
In part 3 of our series on the legacy of the old FAI, we chat to St Patrick’s Athletic Director of Football and former player, Ger O’Brien.
# bad relationship
'We were very much on the wrong side of the Delaney ire for a number of years'
In part two of our series looking at the impact of the old FAI, we chat to Stuart Gilhooly of the PFAI.
# Interview
‘Did I regret resigning? No, I couldn’t survive in that environment’ - John Delaney's predecessor
In part one of our series on the legacy of the old FAI one year on from when the extent of its financial issues were revealed, we chat to ex-General Secretary Brendan Menton.
# let them play
Government u-turn allows FAI's U17 and U19 leagues continue
They were initially cancelled, but have been allowed to continue in line with the decision to allow the GAA stage their minor and U20 championships.
# horror show
FAI post loss of €5 million for 2019 and show debts of almost €70 million in grim set of accounts
Chairperson Roy Barrett says the figures show ‘how deep that pain runs throughout our game.’
Ireland draw Portugal and Serbia in World Cup qualifiers
The road to Qatar begins in March for Stephen Kenny’s Boys in Green.
# Staying Put
Fifa reportedly close Brexit transfer loophole in potential game-changer for Irish football
The days of Irish minors moving to UK clubs may be about to end.
# Talks
Kenny holds 'positive' meeting with FAI chief Owens amid video fallout
There is no suggestion Kenny’s job is under threat.