On Saturday the FAI will hold an EGM at Dunboyne Castle Hotel. Seven days, later their AGM will take place in Trim. 

It's been a hell of a four months.

We take a step back to ask how we got here, what we've learned and where the association goes next.

Why are the FAI holding an EGM this weekend?

Last March, the FAI was thrown into a state of turmoil after it emerged that the then chief executive John Delaney had given the organisation a €100,000 bridging loan in 2017.

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

In April, the FAI and Sport Ireland established a Governance Review Group that was tasked with proposing a set of good governance principles for the association, as well as making recommendations on the nominations on Board members and directors along with term limits and succession planning.

On 21 June, they released a wide-ranging list of 78 recommendations, including the forming of a new 12-person board with four independent directors and at least four women.

On 11 July, the FAI announced that an EGM had been called to facilitate rule changes required to implement some of those recommendations. This EGM will take place just one week before the FAI's AGM.

What will happen at the AGM?

The Governance Review Group Report will now go before the AGM, when 206 delegates will have voting rights. A two-thirds majority will be needed to pass the recommendations.

On 20 June, John Earley, the chairman of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland, resigned from the FAI board citing "events during the ongoing governance review, and the failure to address concerns". Earley had been on the board for four years and also resigned from his role as the FAI's underage committee chair and was unhappy with the lack of a guaranteed SFAI representative on the new 12-person board.

He became the fourth person to leave the Board. Honorary Secretary Michael Cody and Honorary Treasurer Eddie Murray stepped down in April, while Delaney left the Board as part of the switch to becoming Executive Vice President in March.

That left seven members standing. They are due to step down at the AGM, though the Governance Review Group Report did propose that one or two members stand for re-election for another year in the interests of continuity.

When announcing that they would be holding an EGM, the FAI also revealed that they would not be presenting their accounts for 2018 at the AGM.

FAI President Donal Conway said: "Given the well-publicised issues that have arisen over the last number of months and the investigations that are ongoing, it will not be possible to present the 2018 accounts to the members at the AGM. It is therefore necessary that this element of the business of the AGM be adjourned until such time as the accounts are finalised, and the audited accounts can be laid before the members."

Why are Sport Ireland at the Oireachtas tomorrow?

In April, almost three weeks after Delaney confirmed he had given the FAI a €100,000 bridging loan, Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy and Chairperson Kieran Mulvey appeared before the Oireachtas Transport, Tourism and Sport Committee to discuss the governance, oversight and scrutiny of the FAI. When asked if he had confidence in the FAI board at that time, Treacy replied, "I'm not saying yes".

Sport Ireland made the decision to suspend and withhold future funding to the FAI after the association failed to obey State funding rules. Under grant rules, Sport Ireland should have been informed about the Delaney loan.

On Wednesday, Treacy will again go before an Oireachtas Committee to reiterate the importance of the voting delegates at the AGM to accept the Governance Review Group's recommendations. 

He will warn the FAI that they must adopt proposed reform measures to have state funding restored.

Treacy will also tell the committee that the results and recommendations of a financial audit by KOSI and a "serious" investigation by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement into alleged failure to keep proper accounts would also have an impact on the restoration of a funding.

"The Board of Sport Ireland views the adoption of the recommendations of the report by the FAI as absolutely essential."

Why is Shane Ross so unhappy?

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross also appeared before the Oireachtas Transport, Tourism and Sport Committee in April. He said that the FAI had written to him to indicate that the organisation's board will step down.

"We are now to see the beginning of the end of the old FAI. And that is something that I welcome," Ross said.

On 20 May, Noel Mooney was appointed Interim General Manager of the FAI. Minister Ross later called on the FAI to review that appointment. Mooney is the Business Development manager for Regions at UEFA and previously held the title of Club Promotion Officer with the FAI.

"We don't want to see, and prefer not to see, people from the past," said Ross. "I want to see people who are completely new, fresh and independent of links with the past.

"Noel Mooney's appointment does not seem to us to be consistent with the drive for reform with new independent faces."

On 15 July, Donal Conway was nominated unopposed by AGM members of the FAI to continue in the role of president. Noel Fitzroy was proposed and seconded to continue in his role of vice president but he will face competition from Gerry McAnaney and Paul Cooke.

This prompted another response from Ross. He wrote to Conway to ask him to withdraw his nomination to be re-elected in the role at the AGM.

Referencing his previous belief that the board would step down, Ross writes: "Contrary to this commitment, you have now been effectively re-elected as President of the FAI, you have been, somewhat unexpectedly, unopposed for this position. This was a reversal of your promise to bring reform to the FAI under a new leadership.

"Together with your decision to appoint former FAI employee and loyalist, Noel Mooney to the post of General Manager, this development means that the new regime has a very old look about it."

The FAI later responded to the letter, reiterating  the intention of the board to stand down, while also referencing the recommendation of the Governance Review Group that "at least one or possibly a maximum of two members might consider putting themselves forward for positions on the Interim Board" to help with continuity.

Where is John Delaney in all of this?

In March, after news of his loan to the FAI was confirmed, Delaney stepped down as chief executive of the association and assumed the role of executive vice president with responsibility for all UEFA and FIFA matters.

A month later he stepped away from that role too.

"John Delaney has offered to voluntarily step aside from carrying out his role as Executive Vice-President with immediate effect pending the completion of an independent investigation by the association into issues of concern to the Board," an FAI statement read.

Delaney was among the FAI representatives who appeared before the Oireachtas Transport, Tourism and Sport Committee in April  to explain the bridging loan he gave to the association.

He said that on 25 April of that year an internal finance meeting was held within the FAI. He was told that if all cheques were issued to their creditors, the FAI would exceed its overdraft limit. Delaney said that the issue was pressing and as a "precautionary" measure he wrote a cheque for €100,000 from his personal account to the FAI.

He remains a member of the UEFA executive committee - he was elected in 2017 - though he did not appear at the UEFA Under-17 European Championship which were held on Irish soil in May and was also absent from the association's Executive Committee meeting in Baku later that month.

He had served as chairperson of UEFA's Youth and Amateur Football Committee but earlier this month he was replaced by former Polish international midfielder Zbigniew Boniek.

His term on the UEFA executive committee lasts until 2021.