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Report: Irish FA learning by their mistakes

The Irish FA maintain that they are getting their house in order as an independent report into its governance is published.

The under-fire football body yesterday made available the report of the Independent Governance Review Team, chaired by Timothy Quin BA, LLB, FCA, for public consultation.

It will make interesting and extensive reading to anyone with an interest in local football who has seen the Irish FA stumble from one crisis to another.

But the in-depth report suggests that the IFA is learning from mistakes in the past — a painful history that sunk to a new low when Raymond Kennedy eventually resigned as president after being criticised by an independent report into the unfair dismissal of chief executive Howard Wells, which cost the IFA £500,000.

Around £23m of government funding for football was at risk if the IFA didn’t transform its structures but this latest report, commissioned by the football body, has been approved by the Association’s Executive Board for further public consultation and members of the wider football family can now review and comment on it.

Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson said: “I believe that this report provides a valuable framework for the Irish FA to move forward with confidence in to the future.”

Quin, who chaired the panel, was joined by George Cummings, senior consultant for the Asian Football Confederation, and former senior civil servant David Watkins.

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The report states: “The aim of the governance review is to contribute to the creation of an organisation that is both ‘fit for purpose’ and ‘best in class’ in accountability, probity and efficiency. The review will produce recommendations to include the governance procedures, role of the Association’s Office Bearers, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive and the administrative organisation of the game at all levels.”

The report can be accessed on the Irish FA website.

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