Implement ten proposals to achieve fundamental FAI reform and revitalise Irish football

Implement ten proposals to achieve fundamental FAI reform and revitalise Irish football

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Linda Menton started this petition to Minister for Sport

In light of recent revelations of mismanagement at the FAI, please sign this petition in support of the ten proposals below.   

1.       The rules of the Association need to be extensively revised to bring them into line with football association best practice.  

2.       Every club with 5 or more teams participating in competition should be entitled to have a voting delegate at general meetings.  This would increase the democratic accountability in the Association.

3.       Coaches, FAI staff, fan organisations and the Professional Footballers Association of Ireland should be represented at general meetings and on the FAI Council and, as relevant, on FAI Standing Committees and on other FAI committees.

4.       The leadership of the Association, i.e. the Honorary Officers should be elected at the AGM, rather than, as currently, by the politically controlled FAI Council.

5.       The Honorary Treasurer of the Association must have an accountancy qualification from a recognised accountancy body in Ireland or its international equivalent. There must be required qualifications and new guidelines for the members of the Finance and Audit Committees.

6.       Five independent directors, with the requisite skills to enhance the management of the Association, should be appointed to the Board of the FAI.  An independent director should be Chairperson of the Board.

7.       The term General Secretary should replace that of Chief Executive.  The role of the General Secretary should accord with FIFA best practice and must focus on administration.  The General Secretary should not have a vote on the board.

8.       The composition of the FAI Council should be radically changed to diversify power within the Association, to reduce the influence of cabals such as the Provincial Associations and to increase the direct influence of clubs and leagues. 

9.       The responsibilities and powers of the FAI Council should be changed to ensure it becomes an effective supervisory body.  Minutes of all FAI meetings must, as was previously the situation, be distributed to Council members.

10.   The Rules Commission, which is mentioned in the FAI rules, but whose membership and responsibilities are not defined, should operate at an expert level and with constituent legal expertise.  It should be independent of the FAI Board and FAI Council.

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