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Sport Ireland will be before the Oireachtas Sport Committee later - the second time in three weeks.

The body, which has suspended funding to the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), will voice their disappointment at the association's refusal to answer important questions at last week's sitting.

They will also announce plans to carry out a potential audit of the association, pending the outcome of reviews into governance and financial matters.

In addition to representatives from Sport Ireland, Sport Minister Shane Ross will also appear as a witness.

Ahead of the meeting, chairman of the committee Fergus O'Dowd said: "The committee has scheduled a meeting with Sport Ireland for the second time in three weeks, and following on from the appearance of the FAI, we hope Sport Ireland will be in a position to update us further.

"The discussion two weeks ago was very insightful, and we expect they will be able to provide answers to the questions which, they did not have information on, at our last meeting. Similarly, the input of Minister Ross is an opportunity we very much look forward to."

Deputy O'Dowd concluded: "The committee is determined to build on our work as we explore governance, and issues which have come to light in relation to the FAI."

On Monday, FAI executive vice-president John Delaney offered to step aside from his role while an independent investigation is carried out.

He has come under fire after it emerged that he had loaned the organisation €100,000 in 2017, and failed to answers questions about the loan at a Dáil Committee.

Honorary Secretary Michael Cody and Honorary Treasurer Eddie Murray both voluntarily resigned following a meeting of the board on Monday.

The FAI said it had mandated a sub-committee, set up to review governance and recently publicised financial transactions, to press ahead with their work as a matter of urgency.

Main image: John Treacy - CEO of Sport Ireland - speaking at the Sport Ireland Institute in Blanchardstown | Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie


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