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19 April 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

FAI Treasurer Eddie Murray Resigns….
As Fall-Out from Oireachtas Hearing Continues

Michael Fisher

These are tumultuous times for the administration of Irish football. The latest to be caught up in the governance issue is the FAI’s honorary treasurer, Eddie Murray from Monaghan, one of two long-standing Board members who voluntarily resigned last week. This controversy started last month with the then Chief Executive of the Football Association of Ireland John Delaney attempting to put a legal block on a newspaper story about a €100,000 loan he had made to the FAI.

More details emerged when an FAI delegation appeared before the Oireachtas Committee on Tourism, Transport and Sport. Mr Delaney had in the meantime stepped down from the CEO role and was appointed executive vice-president of the Association. He read out a statement to the committee but on legal advice refused to answer any questions about the cheque he had given the FAI in April 2017.

Eddie Murray had been the Association’s treasurer for many years. He became involved with soccer administration in the early 1980s when Monaghan United FC was set up and played at Belgium Park. The 79 year-old former Garda Superintendent went on to be elected to the FAI Board of Control and chaired…

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