John Delaney to get six-figure salary in new role

John Delaney to get six-figure salary in new role

John Delaney, who stepped down as FAI chief executive on Saturday, will receive a six-figure salary in his new role as executive vice-president, it is believed.

Mr Delaney will be part of an FAI delegation which will go before the Oireachtas sports committee next month, it was confirmed yesterday.

In a statement, the national soccer body claimed Mr Delaney will be paid “substantially less than the salary he previously received as CEO”, which was €360,000.

It is understood his salary in the new role will be in the region of €120,000, but the FAI would not confirm or deny this figure when asked by the Irish Examiner.

Sport Ireland, the body through which taxpayers’ money is channelled to the FAI, is expected to deliver a report to the Government this week on the alleged €100,000 bridging loan from Mr Delaney.

The FAI would also not comment on reports that the organisation paid €3,000 rent a month to allow Mr Delaney live in a house in Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow, owned by TV star Gráinne Seoige and her former husband since 2016.

Previously, the FAI paid rent of just under €3,000 a month for Delaney to live in a house in Malahide, it was reported.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said yesterday that there are unanswered questions relating to the financial dealings of the FAI. He said he and his Government need assurance that state funding to the soccer body is being used for its prescribed purpose.

When asked was he aware of any of these matters relating to the FAI and Mr Delaney when he was sports minister, Mr Varadkar replied: “Oh God no.”

The hearing with the sports committee will occur on April 3 as opposed to April 10.

Committee chairman Fergus O’Dowd said it will be “fair, focused, but robust”. He insisted that the hearing, which has been delayed at the behest of the FAI on a number of occasions, “will not be a witch hunt”.

Fianna Fáil sports spokesman Robert Troy said the resignation of Mr Delaney “raises more questions than answers over a bridging loan provided to the FAI from Mr Delaney”.

“The uncertainty around the loan must be answered and I expect John Delaney to come before the Oireachtas committee in early April or sooner to answer this, explain the remit of the new role, and if his actions were not becoming of a CEO why should he take up an executive vice-president role within the FAI,” he said.

In its statement, the FAI said it has “confirmed that John Delaney will be part of the FAI delegation that will attend a meeting with the Oireachtas committee on sport next month”.

The FAI declined to address a number of specific questions from the Irish Examiner yesterday, saying it would not be commenting beyond its statement.

A spokeswoman for the FAI’s auditor Deloitte said the company does not comment on matters related to its clients.

More on this topic

Donal Conway nominated unopposed for FAI presidencyDonal Conway nominated unopposed for FAI presidency

Captain O’Connor seeking swift start to EurosCaptain O’Connor seeking swift start to Euros

Ireland to take on USA as part of World Cup winner's victory tourIreland to take on USA as part of World Cup winner's victory tour

Colin Bell leaves Ireland women's team to take up role at HuddersfieldColin Bell leaves Ireland women's team to take up role at Huddersfield

More in this Section

Children 'need their dad back' says wife of Cork man facing deportation from US Children 'need their dad back' says wife of Cork man facing deportation from US

New study to give voice to 'hidden group' affected by child sexual abuseNew study to give voice to 'hidden group' affected by child sexual abuse

Katherine Zappone to discuss importance of children's rights at UN forumKatherine Zappone to discuss importance of children's rights at UN forum

Concern that 100 permanent consultant psychiatric jobs remain unfilledConcern that 100 permanent consultant psychiatric jobs remain unfilled


Lifestyle

This year heralds the return of a much-maligned shade, pulled from the design doldrums and now paired with some unexpected complementary colours, materials and tone-on-tone activity, writes Carol O’Callaghan.Fifty shades of beige

Their romance took Laura Roset and Ken Mohally from Mallow to Moldova and back again.Wedding of the Week: Love spreads from Mallow to Moldova

Every day, I take my wife a cup of tea in bed. However, we sometimes make love in the mornings and she pauses to finish her cup before it goes cold.Sexual healing: Her long tea breaks cools the moment

As the Caped Crusader hits 80 years of protecting Gotham City, Chris Wasser looks at the history of the world’s darkest superhero.80 years on, Batman still packs a punch

More From The Irish Examiner