The FAI and Sport Ireland met a delegation from UEFA today to discuss governance issues at the FAI.

The FAI has been in turmoil since revelations of a €100,000 loan from former chief executive John Delaney to the organisation.

Sport Ireland has suspended government grants and auditors Deloitte have reported the FAI to the Companies Registration Office for failure to keep adequate accounting records.

The UEFA delegation arrived at FAI headquarters in Abbotstown on Tuesday morning before a meeting with Sport Ireland in the afternoon.

FAI interim chief executive Rea Walshe said: "Our UEFA colleagues are here to offer their support and insight to the Governance Review Group as we work together to improve Irish football.

"Their visit is welcome. The experience and expertise within UEFA will offer real benefit to the Group as we work towards an initial report in June. They are here to help and the support from UEFA is welcomed by the FAI."

Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy added: "The terms of reference of the Governance Review Group confirm that the views of UEFA are a key constituent and their input will be of real significance as the Group works towards putting forward recommendations for a new structure.

"This visit to Dublin by UEFA is a significant show of support to the work being carried out by the Group and we look forward to a productive meeting with them and a strong working relationship going forward."

The FAI and Sport Ireland recently appointed a five-member Governance Review Group to formulate governance changes at the FAI.

Meanwhile, the Officer of the Director of Corporate Enforcement's application to have the High Court to determine if documents given to it by the FAI contains privileged legal material has been adjourned until later this week. 

The application, made under the 2014 Companies Act against the FAI, comes as part of a probe by the ODCE in relation to "certain matters"  concerning the association.

The High Court has heard it specifically relates to certain material and documents which was provided by the FAI to the ODCE last week.  

The adjournment was sought by the FAI, represented in court this morning by Shane Murphy SC, so it can prepare a sworn statement in response to the ODCE's application concerning the alleged privileged material.

Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds, who said she noted from the papers in the case the level of co-operation between the parties, gave the FAI 24 hours to serve the affidavit on the ODCE.  

The matter will be mentioned before the court again on Thursday. 

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