The FAI will hold a meeting with members of its National Council next week to discuss the rule changes included in the memorandum of understanding that was drawn up as part of the rescue package to save the association last January.

The MoU saw changes to some of the terms of the governance, including an increase in the number of independent directors from four to six. 

That would mean the board is made up of six independent directors and six members elected through the football constituencies, with independent chairman Roy Barrett holding a casting vote. 

At the start of this month, the FAI's AGM, originally scheduled to take place on 25 July, was pushed back to September. 


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FAI Council members were told an EGM would take place "in the near future" to vote on the required changes to the FAI rule book and constitution as part of the FAI's with governance reform.

The rescue package is worth about €20m and includes a restoration of grant aid to football, which had been frozen since April 2019. That money was restored and the figure doubled from €2.9m to €5.8m a year.

The FAI has yet to receive any of the €5.8m and will not do so until the changes are made at an EGM.

Before that EGM, however, the FAI will meet with the Council, whose members have been invited to Dublin's Red Cow Hotel next Friday, 7 August.

There is unrest among council members about the proposed rise to the number of independent members on the board.

In a statement, the FAI said: "The meeting has been called in accordance with Rule 15.12, after it was requested by more than 20 Council members.

"The agenda for the meeting includes the make-up of the Football and Business committees, the future role of Council, the MOU with regard to the Board and the deferral of the AGM of the Association."