Minister for Sport Shane Ross has said he believes all parties involved in talks in relation to the financial crisis at the Football Association of Ireland were on a "pathway to a possible solution".

Minister Ross' comments follow a meeting with UEFA, which Mr Ross described as "constructive".

The FAI is at risk of insolvency and has previously asked the Irish Government for a guarantee of €18m.

The meeting was also attended by Minister of State Brendan Griffin and FAI chairman Roy Barrett.

Afterwards Mr Ross maintained the Government would not bail the FAI out.

"We think that the constructive nature of the meeting indicated that all four stakeholders are absolutely united in the determination to do what has to be done for Irish soccer, particularly from our point of view for the grassroots," he said.

"We are determined that that should be done and done with the momentum which has built up over a period. We are meeting the Bank of Ireland, the principal creditor, tomorrow.

"We are very encouraged by what has happened, we want to make sure that soccer at the grassroots is preserved, we want to make sure that the interests of the staff who have served the FAI very, very well in the past and hopefully in the future are protected as well.

"We look forward to that happening and we anticipate that within days we will have another meeting, possibly with members of UEFA, and then finally, if we do make substantial progress, we will hopefully have a meeting with all the stakeholders together."

Asked whether there was a financial commitment from the Government, Mr Ross said: "We are anxious to restore the funding which we had taken away from them in order to benefit grassroots soccer.

"We have absolutely maintained rigidly we are not going to bail out anybody, that is not on the cards."

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Government funding has been suspended after it emerged that former chief executive John Delaney gave a €100,000 loan to the association in 2017.

It was revealed in December that the FAI faces debts of up to €62m.