The vice president of the Connacht IFA, Tom Turley, has insisted that there is full support for the group's president Eddie Downey.

Mr Turley said he saw no point in the IFA president resigning in the wake of recent controversy surrounding the remuneration of general secretary Pat Smith, which has been dubbed the worst crisis to hit the IFA in its 60-year history.

It was revealed last week that Mr Smith earned in excess of €500,000 in 2013.

Mr Turley said he was confident that measures would be in place to ensure such a controversy could not happen again.

He also said the IFA would have to put this scandal behind it and move forward.

A meeting of 60 Connacht IFA officers met last night to discuss the fallout. The group "endorsed" the work of under-pressure president Mr Downey.

There was no official vote on the night regarding confidence in Mr Downey.

However, it is understood that there was support for him and the association's decision-making committee - the executive council - in dealing with the controversy.

A tweet from the IFA Twitter account last night detailed the outcome of the meeting.

However, last night's meeting will have no impact on the motion of no confidence in Mr Downey which the Eyrecourt branch of Galway IFA passed on Friday night - just hours after the remuneration package of Mr Smith was revealed.