New FAI deputy chief executive Niall Quinn says he will be on hand to help League of Ireland clubs if they decide to progress with plans for an all-island league.

Businessman Kieran Lucid is behind the All-Island League Advocacy Group that hopes to start up a football league in Ireland consisting of League of Ireland and Northern Ireland Football League teams.

The IFA, the governing body of the Irish League, in October poured cold water on the idea but the group will host stakeholder summits later this month in Belfast, Dublin and Dundalk.  

Quinn, who has taken up his new role on an interim basis, had previously floated an idea for the League of Ireland to be run separately from the FAI with all senior clubs setting up academies.

Asked how the FAI would deal with Lucid's plan, the former Ireland international told RTÉ Sport’s Tony O’Donoghue: "If that is what the League of Ireland clubs want when they come together as one, if they need assistance in bringing that through, with the IFA and the clubs in the north then we are here to help that.

"It really is down to them to stand up and take responsibility for themselves now with help from us.

"I don’t think we can go in and start ordering the League of Ireland [clubs] about like they used to. That day has changed. We are here to assist."

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