Press Release

SIPTU representatives to seek assurances for staff at FAI from sports minister, Shane Ross

Date Released: 17 December 2019

SIPTU representatives are to meet with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, tomorrow (Wednesday, 18th December) to seek assurances for the future of workers employed at the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).

The meeting follows the recent shocking revelations concerning the financial mismanagement of the FAI over recent years and the rejection by the Minister of a request by its Board for an urgent multi-million euro rescue package. 

According to SIPTU Sector Organiser, Denis Hynes, union representatives wish to discuss the concerns of staff for their future employment and for the financial survival of grass roots football across the country.

"The financial and management situation of the FAI is in a critical condition and its hard-working staff, who played no part in creating this crisis, require assurances that their jobs and livelihoods will be protected," Denis Hynes said. "We are hoping that we can explore all options with the Minister at the meeting tomorrow and that these workers can obtain some assurance that that their jobs will be protected, notwithstanding the changes required to the structures and management of the FAI."

The meeting will also be attended the union's Divisional Organiser, Teresa Hannick, and by representatives of the Professional Footballers Association of Ireland, which is affiliated to SIPTU.

 


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