Against the backdrop of suspended Government funding and intense criticism from Sport Minister Shane Ross, FAI president Donal Conway has made clear the weight the organisation attaches to the views of football’s governing bodies by describing Uefa as “the absolute key relationship” for the association.
Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy has indicated that the adoption by FAI members of the major reforms recommended by the Governance Review Group Report will be one of the factors essential to the restoration of funding which has been suspended since April.
Former INM CEO Gavin O'Reilly and former INM director of corporate affairs Karl Brophy have secured High Court permission to use, for further legal proceedings, materials provided to them during a hearing to appoint inspectors to INM.
The response to the announcement that the Government is expected to strengthen and rename the agency entrusted with overseeing company law and investigating white-collar crime must be mixed; once bitten, twice shy, as it were.
While the new Corporate Enforcement Authority — to replace the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) — with more powers is to be welcomed, it is still not good enough for the attorney general to simply rule or advise that the report into the role of the ODCE in the matter of the Sean FitzPatrick IBRC trial should not be published due to “potential difficulties with the Companies Act and fears the file could reveal how the ODCE operates”.
Ireland’s largest publishing firm, the stock market-listed Independent News and Media, has been thrown into crisis amid serious allegations by the State’s corporate enforcer that include claims of governance misdeeds and email hacks.