The Minister for Sport will not attend the emergency Oireactas Committee meeting that will examine the financial situation at the FAI.

Despite some initial indications that he would be able to attend, Minister Shane Ross and Minister of State Brendan Griffin issued a statement this afternoon.

They stated that they would be happy to meet the Oireachtas Committee on Transport Tourism and Sport, but not before progress is made on restoring funding to grassroots football.

The Ministers also appeared to indicate that Sport Ireland should not be required to attend the committee meeting until this work has been completed.

The statement said that Sport Ireland's expertise and the progression of the new funding arrangement prior to meeting with the Committee would be welcomed.

While the Ministers said it would be premature to meet the Committee this Wednesday, they could attend a meeting on Wednesday18 December.

However, committee chairman, Fergus O'Dowd said the meeting with the FAI would still take place on Wednesday at 2.30pm.

Those appearing before the committee will be asked to make a ten minute opening statement on "the current situation at the Football Association of Ireland."

This will be followed a question and answer session with the members of the Committee.

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Sport, Marc MacSharry said that the Committee should get to see a redacted version of the independent audit of the FAI's finances.

Mr MacSharry said the report of accountancy firm KOSI, which has been referred to the gardaí, should be the subject of discussion.

Independent Senator Padraig Ó Céidigh said that timing was of the essence and without major restructuring the situation in the FAI was going to deteriorate further.

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