The FAI have responded to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross's letter to the association's president Donal Conway asking him to withdraw his nomination to be re-elected in the role at an AGM on Saturday week.

Conway has been nominated unopposed by AGM members of the FAI to continue in the role, with Ross claiming that the move goes back on a previous commitment made by Conway to stand down along with the rest of the board.

The FAI issued a statement on Tuesday evening confirming they received the Minister's letter. While they reiterated the intention of the board to stand down, they also referenced 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.

"The current Board of the FAI will, as indicated previously, stand down at the AGM on July 27th and remains fully committed to governance reform," the statement read.

"The report from the independent Governance Review Group, for the FAI Board and Sport Ireland, states: 'The Group consider that, for handover and transition purposes and to manage the serious risks where everyone leaves at once, at least one or possibly a maximum of two members might consider putting themselves forward for positions on the Interim Board'.

"In accordance with the report, endorsed by the FAI and Sport Ireland, two members of the current Board have been nominated by AGM members to stand for the positions of President and Vice-President

"Only one nomination for the position of President has been forthcoming from AGM members whereas 3 nominations have been received for the role of Vice President.

"All eligible Council members have been aware since the letter to Minister Ross of April 16th- confirming that the current Board would step down on July 27th- that elections for these roles would take place on July 27th.

"This position was further confirmed at the independent Governance Review Group, for the FAI Board and Sport Ireland Report, launch on June 21st."

Ross also claimed that some amendments being proposed at the upcoming Emergency General Meeting of the Association that are aimed at having better governance "beggars belief", particularly a proposal to reduce the quorum of the FAI board from six members to two.

However the FAI said that was not be the case, and that the quorum would still be six.

"On receipt of the independent Governance Review Group, for the FAI Board and Sport Ireland Report, the FAI immediately began drafting proposed new rules, a proposed new Constitution and proposed new Terms of Reference for the Committees to be established in accordance with the independent Governance Review Group, for the FAI Board and Sport Ireland Report recommendations as endorsed by the FAI and Sport Ireland," the FAI added.

"Following that work, nominations for election were sought.

"The independent Governance Review Group, for the FAI Board and Sport Ireland Report,also states that to be eligible for consideration for the position of President or Vice President of the Interim Board, a nominee should be a serving member of Council and have at least 2 years Council membership experience. 

The new President will not chair the Interim Board as per the recommendations and the Interim Board will be chaired by an Independent Director as per the independent Governance Review Group, for the FAI Board and Sport Ireland Review Group proposals.

"The proposed constitutional change regarding the quorum for the Board states that it shall be two members of the Board of Management or such other number as may be specified in the Rules. The rulebook states that the quorum is six. Therefore, the quorum is six.

"The FAI notes the Minister's ongoing interest in and concern for the game of Association Football and shares the Minister’s desire to improve governance all across the Association.

"The Board and Executive remain in regular contact with Sport Ireland and have met with them on a number of occasions, as recently as today and last Friday.

"The Board will consider the Minister’s letter in full at its next meeting."