Off The Ball has seen correspondence from Sport Ireland that shows its dissatisfaction with the FAI's handling of the €100,000 bridging loan from John Delaney.
In letters not seen by the public before, we can reveal the line of communication between Sport Ireland and FAI, after John Treacy - CEO of Sport Ireland - last week refused to confirm that he has confidence in the FAI board.
As below, we have placed the correspondence between the two organisations in chronological order, from 19th March to today's latest response from Sport Ireland.
19th March: John Treacy to Donal Conway, President of the FAI
- John Treacy writes to Donal Conway requesting clarification on behalf of the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross. Treacy cites the need for clarity on the "circumstances of this loan and its repayment."
- Treacy cites the Terms and Conditions of Sport Ireland grant approval as means of reference:
- 4.2 Each organisation must provide to Sport Ireland forthwith on Sport Ireland's request at any time during or after the period to which the grant funding relates, such information and documentation as Sport Ireland may reasonably require to satisfy itself as to the viability and sustainability of the organisation's overall financial position
- 4.3 In addition, each organisation undertakes to notify Sport Ireland in writing without delay in the event of any material deterioration in its financial position of any other matter which may jeopardise the organisation's overall financial viability and/or its ability to comply with its commitments in the Approved Submission, and thereafter to provide Sport Ireland with such information and documentation as Sport Ireland may request in connection with the relevant matter and any steps being taken to rectify it
- Treacy implores the FAI to respond as soon as possible.
20th March: Donal Conway to John Treacy:
25th March: John Treacy to Donal Conway
2 April: Donal Conway to John Treacy
4 April: John Treacy to Donal Conway
5 April: Donal Conway to John Treacy