Qarabag in action against Chelsea at the Baku Olympic stadium in the 2017 Champions League. Photograph: Getty Images

If they lose to Riga they could face BATE Borisov in the Europa League

John Mountney and Dundalk have been drawn to play FC Riga in the Champions League qualifiers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

League of Ireland champions will head to Spain to prepare for a pivotal few weeks

Vinny Perth’s Dundalk will play FC Riga in the first round of the Champions Legaue qualifiers. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Perth’s side get favourable draw, three Irish sides learn Europa fate

Vinny Perth: “We’re in a good place going into this stage of the season but Europe is a step up.” Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Dundalk are aiming to continue impressive form previously shown on the big stage

Noel Mooney. Photograph: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Delaney’s temporary successor says fan in him is ‘angry’ about state of league

Danny Mandroiu lets fly to score Bohemians’  second goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match against Shamrock Rovers at  Dalymount Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Keith Long’s side keep up their dominance over cross-city rivals in thrilling derby

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley:  Rovers are without Aaron McEneff and Sam Bone, but Seán Kavanagh is fit to start again. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

Hosts hit by under-21s schedule, giving Stephen Bradley’s side a chance to close the gap

Ireland assistant coach Robbie Keane has taken up the same role at Middlesbrough alongside Jonathan Woodgate. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland assistant joins former teammate Jonathan Woodgate at Championship club

Interim report will be forwarded to Fifa and Uefa for review

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Robbie Keane speaks at Crumlin Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Keane says he will decide on whether to accept assistant manager role by end of week

Robbie Keane has urged caution over the prospects of 17-year-old Spurs and Ireland prodigy Troy Parrott. Photograph: Simon Stacpoole/Inho

Ireland assistant boss says Mauricio Pochettino ‘loves’ 17-year-old Tottenham striker

Robbie Keane has been offered the assistant manager job at Middlesbrough. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland open to Keane joining up with former teammate Jonathan Woodgate

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has said he won’t chase Leeds striker Patrick Bamford as his side continue to struggle in front of goal. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic boss says ball is in Leeds striker’s court as his side struggle in front of goal

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy with Edwin Andepu, left, and Prince Amechi from Cork Schoolboys League prior to their opening game of the SFAI Kennedy Cup at the FAI National Football Exhibition at UL Sports Arena, University of Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Manager insists team captain Seamus Coleman remains his first-choice right back

 David McGoldrick’s shot deflects off Joseph Chipolina and into the Gibraltar goal. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Gibraltar succeed in frustrating Ireland on night to forget at the Aviva

Mick McCarthy: “So long as we win I’m not bothered. I’m not saying we are going out to do anything other than try and play football, but I want to win.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Substance over style and three more points remain the clear priority for Ireland boss

Séamus Coleman at Republic of Ireland squad training in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Omens are good for Gibraltar game, but Ireland captain is taking nothing for granted

Seamus Coleman during Ireland training on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland manager wants his side to improve their ball retention on Monday

Ireland’s Shane Duffy and Jeff Hendrick celebrate at the final whistle in Copenhagen. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘It was the perfect ball in the end, right on the sweet spot’

 Shane Duffy heads home Ireland’s equaliser during the Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. Photograph:  Bradley Collyer/PA Wire

Centre back scores late equaliser as Mick McCarthy’s side earn draw in Copenhagen

Ireland’s James McClean and manager Mick McCarthy during training ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifier clash with  Denmark. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

Ireland’s ability to cope with Denmark’s midfield, not just its standout star, is key

Information relating to inquiries into governance has been secured

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and captain Séamus Coleman at Thursday’s press conference at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland boss has a full squad to pick from as he plans aggressive approach

The FAI has informed both an Garda Siochana, it said, and the Data Protection Commission of the breach. Photograph: Inpho

The organisation said that no breach of account or payment details had taken place

Republic of Ireland manager, Mick McCarthy says his team are not distracted by the ongoing crisis at the FAI. Photograph: Sportsfile

‘The players aren’t FAI employees. They don’t come in every day, not having to hear it’

Aston Villa’s Glenn Whelan celebrates after they got promoted to the Premier League. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Irish midfielder said he was expecting to be released by Premier League-bound club

McCarthy seems to have concluded both right backs unsuited to playing together

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy: has all but said he will stick with the side that started against Georgia. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager reckons Ireland can handle loss of Shane Long for Denmark and Gibraltar games

Shane Long has been ruled out of the international window with a hamstirng injury. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Southampton striker out of Ireland duty after picking up hamstring injury on Monday

Callum Robinson taking part in the Republic of Ireland squad training session at the FAI National Training Centre in Dublin. “The lads will be positive after two good results in March.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Return of the Preston and Portsmouth players provides McCarthy with more options

Noel Mooney, with John Delaney and   Fran Gavin in 2006. Mooney shares St Michael’s roots with the former FAI chief executive. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Many who know former goalkeeper share Minister’s doubts over suitability for FAI role

Ireland’s James McClean has said the FA and Kick It Out are hypocrites in how they treat him and other players who receive racial abuse. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland winger calls hypocrisy on how he has been treated compared with Raheem Sterling

Minister for Sport Shane Ross. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

No shortage of views expressed among 200 invitees to event at the Mansion House

 Republic of Ireland defender Conor Masterson during under-21 training at Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, Co Meath. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland under-21 defender hopes to catch eye of visiting scouts at Toulon tournament

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy was at the Spar FAI Primary School 5s National Finals pictured with from left, Sarah Fitzgerald, 12, from Kerry, Cahir McDaid, aged 12, from Donegal, Orlandas Jakas, aged 12, from Offaly and Adara Salvo, aged 12, from Galway. Photo: am Barnes/Sportsfile

Mick McCarthy says 18-year-old brought a ‘breath of fresh air’ to side during training

 Manchester City’s Megan Campbell celebrates with the Women’s FA Cup after beating West Ham United Ladies at Wembley Stadium on May 4th. Photograph:  Getty Images

With new contract and squad number, Irish player is moving on from injury setbacks

Ireland’s Luca Connell during the training camp in Portugal last week. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Liverpool-born teenager had been in line to make a competitive appearance next month

Brendan Menton has called for significant changes to the FAI’s main decision making structures and, in particular, its board. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former treasurer and General Secretary makes submission to review committee

 Niall Quinn: will outline his proposals  to the ‘stakeholder forum’ gathering at the Mansion House  on Friday.  Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Former Ireland international to address gathering at the Mansion House

Reading winger Josh Barrett has been called into the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad for the upcoming Toulon tournament. Photograph:  Alex Pantling/Getty Images

‘We’re giving players the opportunity to really excel at the highest level’

Alan Browne has been ruled out of the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar after picking up a calf injury during Ireland’s training camp in Portugal. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Preston midfielder will miss June’s games against Denmark and Gibraltar

Minister for Sport Shane Ross has questioned the decision of the FAI to bring in Noel Mooney to head up the organisation. Photograph:   Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Minister for Sport calls for independent chief executive without links to the FAI board

Neil Farrugia is one of three UCD players named in Stephen Kenny’s Ireland Under-21 squad for this summer’s Toulon tournament. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Barnet’s Jack Taylor selected while UCD provide three players for 22-man party

Noel Mooney: ‘I had no involvement in the Jonathan Hall report.’

Successor to John Delaney says he ‘never discussed the role of CEO with the FAI’

Noel Mooney, former goalkeeper with Cork City, Limerick and Shamrock Rovers, will officially take on the role of ‘general manager for football services and partnerships’.

Mooney will be on secondment from Uefa for six months from beginning of June

The Netherlands team celebrate with the cup after victory in the European Under-17 Championship final at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: PA

The team produced some sharp, passing football and forced errors from Italy

Daniel Carr celebrates scoring Shamrock Rovers’  opening goal with Aaron Greene during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game against  UCD at the UCD Bowl. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Hoops remain level with Dundalk at the top of the Premier Division

Iyenoma  Udogie scored Italy’s winning goal in the Uefa European Under-17 Championship semi-final against France. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Dutch beat Italy on penalties in last year’s final in England

 Dundalk’s Vinny Perth: his team  have gone seven games unbeaten.  Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Bohemians missing Cornwall, Levington and Grant for their game in Inchicore

Noel Mooney worked previously in the FAI as national club promotions officer before moving on to work for Uefa. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Former goalkeeper was brought into FAI by John Delaney before working for Uefa

Kenny Shiels has been appointed as manager of the Northern Ireland women’s team. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

63-year-old takes role after three year stint with Derry City came to an end last season

FAI president Donal Conway (L) has said Uefa will offer funding to the FAI as they undergo a reform of their governance structure. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

European federation to make millions available as FAI reform governance structure

In the absence of former FAI chief executive John Delaney, there will be a great deal of interest in whether his former supporters continue to fight his corner. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Gathering of association’s officers in absence of John Delaney to be watched with interest

Fran Gavin, FAI’s director of competitions, at the launch of the Unite The Union Champions Cup in Malahide, Dublin: ‘I think there’s a lot of good work being done in the FAI that seems to be overshadowed by what’s going on.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Association teams with Irish FA and Unite union to launch cross-border Champions Cup

This was McLaughlin’s second win of the year with the 32 year-old also having come home first in the North Pole Road Race on St Patrick’s Day.

Donegal rider wins by 40 seconds from Cian Keogh

Former FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Fifa sending delegation to Dublin to discuss the ongoing crisis at association

Former FAI chief executive John Delaney: The failure to record the proposed bonus is understood to be one of the matters being investigated by the ODCE. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tony Dignam says FAI chiefs did not listen to his concerns over the association’s finances

Ronan McLaughlin (right) is going for back-to-back wins at the Shay Elliott Memorial. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Kelly the last rider to defend Shay Elliott Memorial title

Ireland’s Festy Ebosele will miss the game after his red card earlier this week. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland need a win to guarantee quarter-final place in European Championships

Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Des Casey and Brendan Menton think job can’t be done properly before July AGM

Ireland defender John Egan is among those who will be on Sheffield United’s end of season trip to Las Vegas. Photo: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Choices for training squad limited due to likes of Sheffield United’s trip to Las Vegas

Bournemouth’s Mark Travers makes a save during their Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur.

No places for James McCarthy, Cyrus Christie or Daniel Crowley in panel for training trip

FAI Interim CEO Rea Walshe has said that the visit of Uefa officials is welcome. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The visit comes as governance issues continue to plague the association

Ireland’s Sean McEvoy and Gavin Bazunu dejected after the game at the Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: PA

Ireland held by Greece as England and France game delayed due to ‘wrong turn’

Paul Cooke has been nominated as FAI honorary treasurer

Other nominee is Defence Forces representative Gerry McAnaney, a critic of Delaney

Republic of Ireland U17 Head Coach Colin O’Brien: ‘They are very capable young lads, the dynamic is very good and they train well.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

John Delaney is to have no official role in the tournament, it has been confirmed

Cork City’s Alan Bennett has taken up a coaching role with club following the departure of John Caulfield. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Interim manager Cotter faces number of injury concerns for Bohemians clash

John Caulfield has reportedly left his role as Cork City manager. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

54-year-old leaves Turner’s Cross with the club one place above the relegation zone

Head coach Colin O’Brien Photograph: ‘If you looked at some of the results you mightn’t think that we’ve been doing that great but we have focussed very much on certain objectives.’ Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Under-17 European Championships begin in Tallaght with clash against Greece

Shamrock Rovers’ Ronan Finn celebrates scoring the first goal of the game during their win over St Patrick’s Athletic. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ronan Finn netted the only goal of the game as Stephen Bradley’s side stayed four clear

Ireland Under-17s captain Seamas Keogh with manager Colin O’Brien and the Under-17 European Championships trophy. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Spurs striker could be late addition to Colin O’Brien’s squad for May’s Euros in Ireland

Dundalk’s Michael Duffy celebrates scoring their second goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game against Shamrock Rovers at  Oriel Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Goals from Pat Hoban and Michael Duffy close the gap at the top of the table

Interim FAI chief executive Rea Walshe will be part of the  governance review committee looking into how the association can be reformed. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

FAI interim CEO and board member will be joined by three Sport Ireland nominees

Dundalk’s Chris Shields has signed a new long-term contract with the club. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

League of Ireland preview: Champions seek to reel leaders in with victory at Oriel Park

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and Ireland women’s national team manager Colin Bell at the Aviva Stadium for the launch of the Sports Direct-backed Summer Soccer Schools. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

‘Everything that I’ve seen since I left 17 years ago is better than it was when I was here the last time’

 Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy with John Delaney last December. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ongoing crisis in the association hasn’t impacted Republic of Ireland manager

Paul McLoughlin sends off Shamrock Rovers’ Lee Grace during his side’s defeat to Bohemians. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘I think we need to look at who referees these big games, who takes control of them’

Bohemians celebrate Dinny Corcoran’s winner against Shamrock Rovers. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Hosts have two players sent off in first half as Bohs retain bragging rights in Tallaght

Dundalk’s Georgie Kelly celebrates his goal in the third minute of extra time to give his side a 3-1 victory over UCD at UCD Bowl. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Vinny Perth happy to see Dundalk playing more like last year’s title-winning side

Aaron Greene scored the winner for Shamrock Rovers against Derry. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

League leaders have won eight on the bounce as they welcome Dublin rivals to Tallaght

Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin club have written to acting FAI CEO Rea Walshe over Uefa club licence rules

 John Delaney leaving the Carlton Hotel near Dublin Airport on Monday evening after a meeting with the board of the FAI. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The association needs to be careful at a time when it is still embroiled in a very grave crisis

John Delaney: offer to step aside temporarily was greeted with astonishment by members of the parliamentary committee examining governance within the FAI who expected him to step down. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Members of Oireachtas committee say association’s latest action ‘insulting’

Premier Division outfits keen to be the driving force in any reorganisation

An FAI council member said on Saturday that John Delaney had told him he was about to resign from his current position as the association’s executive vice president.  File image: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

State funding for capital projects at Aviva Stadium and Dalymount Park under threat

Former FAI chief executive John Delaney (centre) leaves Leinster House on Wednesday after appearing at the Oireachtas Sports Committee. Photo : Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

A very great many questions remain about the way football association has been run

Roberto Lopes celebrates scoring Shamrock Rovers’ second goal with team-mates  Lee Grace and Dylan Watts during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match against Waterford  at   Tallaght Stadium. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Goals from Seán Kavanagh and Roberto Lopes do the trick against Waterford

Leo Varadkar: ‘The FAI is accountable to the ODCE and is accountable to Sport Ireland for the public money they get and I know those bodies will have questions to ask of the FAI.’

Leo Varadkar critical of John Delaney’s performance at Oireachtas hearing

FAI president Donal Conway and executive vice-president John Delaney at the 2019 Uefa European Under-17 Championship Finals Draw at the  Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on April 4th.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Organisation calls for ‘forensic examination’ of FAI’s finances and overhaul of governance

Jack Byrne: claimed  the Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month award for March following his fine displays for league leaders Shamrock Rovers. Photograph. Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hoops keen to improve their impressive record of eight wins in ten league games

Phil Babb: ‘Football is the global sport that allows people to put their differences aside and rally together when they need to. This is one of those causes because what happened to Sean was so tragic.’ Photograph: Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images

Liverpool legend will play in support of fan left brain damaged after Anfield assault

FAI president Donal Conway and FAI executive vice-president John Delaney arriving at Leinster House to give evidence to the Oireachtas Committee on Sport. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

FAI delegation would have been relieved to return to Abbotstown after a long day

 John Delaney with  Pat Hickey, former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland, and Emma English in 2016. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Association’s board facing questions over governance and John Delaney’s leadership

Former FAI chief executive John Delaney expected to attend Oireachtas committe meeting. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Delay in obtaining €1.45m in frozen funding likely to cause major problems for FAI

John Delaney arriving with other FAI officials to attend the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport, at Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Emmet Malone outlines the main questions that need to be answered on Wednesday

FAI president Donal Conway with executive vice president John Delaney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘Comments made by the FAI did not accurately reflect the board’s level of awareness’

James McCarthy and Séamus Coleman during the warm-ups for  Everton’s   FA Cup third-round match against  Lincoln City at Goodison Park in January. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland midfielder gets late call-up to bench for Arsenal game

Dundalk’s Gary Rogers after conceding a goal at Richmond Park. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Georgie Kelly could have salvaged a late draw for Dundalk well into injury-time

 Michael Obafemi: “It’s been bittersweet but hopefully I can get rid of the injuries and then just kick on.”   Photograph: Morgan Treacy/inpho

Southampton striker has been hit with injuries but is eager to make his mark again

Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy arrives at Leinster House to appear before an Oireachtas Committee regarding funding to the Football Association of Ireland. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

TD Ruth Coppinger says that the FAI have given ‘two fingers’ to Sport Ireland

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