Today's meeting of the Football Association of Ireland Council at a Dublin hotel was called after it was requested by more than 20 of the 79 council members, and the agenda includes the make-up of the football and business committees and the future role of the council. 

However, the events of the past 48 hours have once again shown up the deep divide that exists in Irish football. 

Eight board members, including the FAI president Gerry McAnaney, issued their own statement saying they were "alarmed" by a claim by interim CEO Gary Owens that suggested they approved in advance the details of the memorandum of understanding signed between the FAI and Government that enabled an FAI bailout in January. 

They called on Mr Owens to immediately clarify his remarks. 

FAI chairman Roy Barrett responded with a statement saying he was mandated to reach agreement with the Government, Bank of Ireland and UEFA on a financial package to secure the future of the association. 

There is unease among council members about the make-up of the board and huge division now exists between the football directors and independent directors. 

Interim deputy CEO Niall Quinn has labelled the recent statements "propaganda" and said that they are damaging the brand.

Failure to adopt a reform package at an FAI EGM on 31 August would signal the end of the deal to save Irish football, resulting in the association becoming insolvent. 

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