The Football Association of Ireland have rejected what they say are "unfounded" claims by trade union SIPTU that the FAI is on the brink of insolvency and jobs are at risk.

In a statement this afternoon, SIPTU announced that it is seeking an urgent meeting with Minister for Sport Shane Ross to discuss what they believe is the threat to jobs within the organisation.

The trade union said it had received information that the FAI was in an "extremely precarious financial position." 

SIPTU Sport Sector Organiser Denis Hynes said: "We have received information that the FAI is in an extremely precarious financial situation with a threat of the organisation becoming insolvent in only a matter of weeks. This has caused great concern to our members who are employed by the FAI. 

"While we fully understand that under FIFA rules the government does not have a role in the running of the organisation we believe that with up to 200 jobs at risk the situation is one that requires the direct attention of the Minister Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross."

However, a response from the FAI said the Association's board was "both shocked and disappointed by today’s statement from SIPTU and their unfounded claims regarding the FAI’s financial situation."

FAI president Donal Conway said the Association had received assurances from UEFA that the European football body would support its "continued viability".

"We recently met with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and Director of National Associations Zoran Lakovic," said Conway.

"At that meeting in Nyon, they assured us of the full support of UEFA for the FAI as we go through our current processes. UEFA’s support will ensure the continued viability of the Football Association of Ireland and there is no threat to FAI Operations or to FAI staff."

A source told RTÉ that morale is at an all-time low at FAI HQ and that people are extremely anxious about their jobs going forward.

SIPTU represents staff employed as development officers, coaches and administrators as well as players through its affiliation with the Players' union, the PFAI.

Conway was speaking after the 58-member FAI Council met at Abbotstown for the first time since the football body became engulfed in crisis, following a series of revelations regarding an unexplained loan from the then CEO John Delaney to the Association in April 2017.

Delegates were seeking clarity on the various investigations into the corporate governance of the FAI amid fears that the legal bill alone resulting from the recent turmoil could exceed €1m.

Ahead of the meeting the FAI announced that Paul Cooke, who has been nominated unopposed for the vacant position of honorary treasurer, will join the sub committee overseeing ongoing investigations and procedures at the FAI.

Cooke, a critic of former CEO John Delaney, is a chartered accountant and former newspaper executive and was previously a director of Waterford United.

Following the meeting of the FAI council a delegation from football's world governing body, FIFA, met this afternoon with FAI officials and Sport Ireland.