Donal Conway’s time as president of the FAI will come to an end in Blanchardstown on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin Heraghty and Gerry McAneney both in line to replace outgoing Donal Conway

Niall Quinn: “I am led to believe that there is an assistance in place from the banks, Uefa and the Government that will allow the game to move forward.” Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

New deputy chief executive hoping to help plot new way forward for association

Former Republic of Ireland striker Niall Quinn has been appointed as interim deputy chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Former striker served as chairman of Sunderland after retirement as player

The SSE Airtricity League first division launch: Athlone Town’s Aaron Brilly, Drogheda’s Conor Kane, Limerick’s Shaun Kelly, Bray’s Paul Keegan, Cabinteely’s Jack Tuite, Shelbourne’s Luke Byrne, Galway’s Stephen Walsh, Longford’s Dean Zambra and Wexford’s Jack Doherty. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The NLEC states that any club’s failure to play its matches will be a disciplinary matter

Amber Barrett speaks at the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Donegal native left for Germany last summer and has found it challenging to adapt

Ryan Johannson has played underage for Ireland.

Underage international has stated that he wants to commit to playing for Ireland

Jack Byrne, and Republic of Ireland women’s footballer, Amber Barrett play keepie-uppie at the launch of the Spar FAI Primary School 5s Programme at St. Patricks National School, Corduff. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

23-year-old feels he did enough in his call-up against Bulgaria to get another chance

Tottenham Hotspur manager José Mourinho chats with Troy Parrott as he prepares to come on during the Premier League match against Burnley. Photo: Ian Kington/Getty Images

Tottenham manager says Irish striker needs more time playing at underage level

Gary Owens has been appointed interim CEO of the FAI.

There was surprising warmth to Uefa statement announcing departure of Delaney

Limerick FC chairman Pat O’Sullivan says he has secured investment to be made over three years. Photo: Tom Beary/Inpho

Pat O’Sullivan has said he has an investment of €500,000 from overseas over three years

John Delaney has resigned from Uefa’s executive committee, the association has announced. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Association announced former FAI chief executive’s decision in a statement on Monday

 The new National Stadium in Bratislava, where Ireland take on Slovakia in March. Photograph: Sam Bagnall/Getty

FAI confirm they have secured more tickets than expected for travelling supporters

Limerick’s Market’s Field ground. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Shamrock Rovers’ second team had already been included in league for upcoming season

Ireland under-21 international Connor Ronan has joined League One side Blackpool on loan until the end of the season. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fellow underage international Aaron Drinan heads to Ayr United

Sligo Rovers chairman Martin Heraghty, a former civil servant at the Department of Agriculture, is already a member of the FAI board. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Two-horse race will decide successor to Donal Conway

The English Premier League TV deal generates over half of the €5.4 billion revenues enjoyed by the 20 clubs  in 2018. Photograph: Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images

Airtricity League ranked 36th of 55 top flights in Europe with combined turnover of €15m

Former FAI chief executive  John Delaney. It was hoped his position as chair of Uefa’s youth and amateur football committee would help the bid smooth over its shortcomings. Photograph:  Laura Hutton

Departure of Delaney and issues at Abbotstown prove problematic for bid

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross addresses the media after a meeting with Uefa officials in Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Minister for Sport hails progress following meeting on association with Uefa officials

FAI executive lead Paul Cooke (grey suit) with members of the Uefa delegation, including general secretary Theodore Theodoridis (red tie) outside Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph:   Nick Bradshaw

Minster for Sport Shane Ross believes ‘substantial progress’ will come this week

  Vinny Perth led Dundalk to a League and League Cup double as well as wins in the President’s And Unite the Union Cups in his first season in charge.

Dundalk manager led his side another league title in debut season

Niall Quinn said he is open to a voluntary role with the FAI. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Appointment of independent directors evidence FAI on right road again, says Quinn

The decision to allow Shamrock Rovers II into the First Division was confirmed on Thursday. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

‘There was a lot of anger beforehand but that seemed to have gone up a notch this evening’

Niall Quinn: ‘I hope Government, Uefa and the banks feel it is a new beginning.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Three new directors will bring ‘skill sets the association has missed’, former Ireland international says

Cabinteely FC chairman Larry Bass: ‘We have heard so much about reform at the FAI, but this is what you would expect of a banana republic.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Clubs are considering their next move after league and FAI gave Rovers the go-ahead

Minister for Sport Shane Ross: securing the league’s future will be key when he meets  representatives of the Union of European Football Associations on January 14th. Photograph: ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Minister said to have suggested at meeting indebted FAI would not be allowed fail

FAI has said it is hopeful of securing the €18 million in funding it needs in order to implement its survival plan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/ ©INPHO

Government will not stand by bad practices seen in FAI - Minister of Health

FAI outgoing president Donal Conway with acting chief executive Paul Cooke at the FAI’s reconvened agm at  Citywest Hotel, Saggart, Co Dublin. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Chief executive sends message to Government on the realities of situation

FAI president Donal Conway and executive lead and board member Paul Cooke at the FAI reconvened agm in the Citywest Hotel. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

FAI board apologises for mistakes of the past as senior officials all but rule out stadium sale

Ireland’s Shane Long fizzes his shot past Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Shane Long sends the Aviva in raptures and the Germans home to think again

The FAI, which is in serious financial difficulty, is understood to be €1.2 million behind in its licence payments on the Aviva. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Move comes after FAI falls behind in its payments towards operation of ground

Minister for Sport Shane Ross: ‘I felt it was appropriate in the circumstances which we find ourselves to demonstrate seriousness by responding with the specific figure of €18 million in the interests of transparency.’ File photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Association criticises Minister for Sport’s comments, saying ‘confidentiality broken’

The FAI has been invited to appear before the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Sport. Photograph: Inpho

Joint Oireachtas Committee for Sport member spoke to RTE’s Morning Ireland

FAI Board members arriving at the Dáil on Monday evening for  their meeting with Minister for Sport Shane Ross, which they left empty-handed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Minister for Sport says football body is in a ‘dark place’ following meeting in Dáil

The FAI’s severe financial problems began to emerge following the departure of former chief executive John Delaney earleir this year. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Staff ‘none the wiser’ about potential job losses following talks with management

 Shane Ross: “We’ve got to see an organisation which is independent of what’s happened in the past – that’s terribly important.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Appointment of chair and three directors seen as key milestone by Ross

John Earley  at the FAI’s annual accounts press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

Schoolboys FAI chairman says he ‘made the decision in the best interests of Irish football’

Dundalk won their fifth title in six years at the end of October. Photograph: Inpho

They have announced the signing for Under-21 international Darragh Leahy

Aiden McGeady is reported to have been removed from the first team squad and transfer listed by Sunderland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Under-21 international Gavin Kilkenny has signed a new five year Bournemouth deal

Limerick FC chairman Pat O’Sullivan: said he’d been treated in a ‘scandalous’ manner by the FAI. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

FAI under pressure to act as examinership ends with no serious offers to invest in club

Executive lead of the FAI Paul Cooke and outgoing president Donal Conway during the FAI accounts press conference last week. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Association’s decision to cancel Oireachtas committee appearance described as ‘disappointing’

The Irish senior team qualifying  for  next summer’s European championships would be expected to be worth an initial €5 million net to the organisation. Photograph: Inpho

Sixty employees could be made redundant if Ireland fail to qualify for Euro 2020 finals

 FAI president Donal Conway during the FAI accounts press conference at  Abbotstown, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Shane Ross and FAI vice-president Cooke can agree association has hit rock bottom

Former FAI chief executive John Delaney was due a total of €2.943m over the course of his final three years.

New figures show former chief would have been paid much more than previously thought

John Delaney attends a Euro 2020 qualifier between the Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin in March. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Will people really be shocked by accounts after what has happened in recent years?

Three’s decision to end their sponsorship is a further blow for the FAI. Photograph:  Inpho

Long-awaited publication of 2018 accounts now to take place on Friday instead of Thursday

Ireland’s Katie McCabe in action against USA’s Tobin Heath during the friendly international at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Photograph:     Gary A Vasquez/Inpho/USA Today

€200k of overall funding of €2.7m will be released through accountancy firm BDO

Three Ireland has decided not to renew its sponsorship with the embattled Football Association of Ireland (FAI).

Deal with telecoms firm, which has invested €30m in past decade, due to expire in July

Paul Cooke has stepped in as ‘executive lead’ of the FAI. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Minister of Sport Shane Ross sticks to red lines on the restoration of funding

John Foley turned down the interim CEO role of the FAI at the last minute. Photo: Inpho

‘Morale among staff in the FAI is at an all-time low,’ a statement from the union read

Minster for Sport Shane Ross. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

John Foley's decision not to take up role as interim chief executive the latest setback to organistaion

Shane Ross: “The FAI’s reform agenda needs to be strongly led in a manner that allows normality to return to football in Ireland as quickly as possible.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Shane Ross says football body’s next chief should be ‘completely independent’

Poland and Robert Lewandowski will play two Euro 2020 group games in Dublin. Photo: Leszek Szymanski/EPA

Poles and Sweden will play two Euro 2020 group games in Dublin next summer

Final preparations are made ahead of the Euro 2020 draw at the Romexpo Exhibition Centre, Bucharest. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

FAI president Conway will attend the Euro 2020 finals draw in Bucharest at 5pm on Saturday

Noel Mooney, FAI general manager,  during a  Referee Strategy Launch at FAI headquarters  in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph:   Matt Browne/Sportsfile

General manager says association continues to fund programmes as best it can

Republic of Ireland under-21 defender Liam Scales has joined Shamrock Rovers from UCD. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

UCD goalkeeper Conor Hearns moves to St Patrick’s Athletic for new season

The target number would represent an increase of almost 70 per cent on the 1,450 referees at all levels active  at present. There are currently just 39 female referees  in the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Particular effort to be launched to increase the number of female match officials in the game

Former Bohemians captain Derek Pender will take charge of the sessions and manage the team at PFAI’s Out of Contract training camp. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Derek Pender to oversee PFAI’s training camp for players looking to sign to new club

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy at the Uefa play-off draw at Uefa HQ in Nyon, Switzerland. Photograph: Pascal Muller/Inpho

‘The only game that matters to us now is Slovakia’ stresses Republic boss

Connor Ronan in action in  the Uefa European U-21 Championship qualifier group 1 match between the Republic of Ireland and Armenia on November 14th. Photograph: Hrach Khachatryan/Inpho

Goalscorers in 4-1 win over Sweden look to boost chances of playing first team football

Stephen Kenny saw his Ireland Under-21s side beat Sweden 4-1 in Tallaght. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Final group game next October against the Azzurri could decide who finishes top

Matt Doherty scores Ireland’s equaliser against Denmark. The Wolves man made a strong case for a future starting role with his overall display in the 1-1 draw. Photograph: Nick Carson/PA

Doherty presses his claims for starting role while manager expresses faith in McGoldrick

Republic of Ireland’s Adam Idah celebrates scoring against Sweden. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stephen Kenny’s team maintained their three point advantage over Italy

Shane Duffy captained Ireland as they were held 1-1 by Denmark in Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland captain rues Braithwaite’s goal as his side now head for the Euro 2020 play-offs

Martin Braithwaite of Denmark scores against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

McCarthy's side fail to qualify for Euro 2020 automatically and will now enter the play-offs

Mick McCarthy: “We’ll just have to continue doing what we’re doing and see if we can score more goals than we have. But one will do if we don’t let one in.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Special performance will be required if Republic of Ireland are to win at the Aviva

Glenn Whelan: “We know it’s in our hands and that if we win a game we’ve qualified.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Enticed back out of retirement, midfielder has his sights set on crucial qualifier victory

Shane Duffy will captain Ireland against Denmark on Monday night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

McCarthy confirms Brighton defender will wear the armband in Coleman’s absence

James McClean: “It was the first time that such support was shown. It’s a long time coming and it’s something I appreciate.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Derry man has a long history of being targeted by fans for refusing to wear the emblem

James McClean: “The last time we played Denmark to qualify it didn’t go so well. But look, it’s another shot. Nothing is going to right the wrongs of that night but hopefully it goes better than last time.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Republic of Ireland stalwart continues to stand up for himself and what he believes in

Ireland’s Callum Robinson scores their third goal. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘Will it have any impact on the way we play against Denmark? I’m not sure’

  Sean Maguire scores his first  goal for Ireland. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Derrick Williams, Sean Maguire and Callum Robinson goals secure friendly win

Ciaran Clark admits he came close to seeking a move away from Newcastle during the summer. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

At times Newcastle defender feared he might not get another chance with Ireland

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Robbie Keane with  Troy Parrott at training for the game against New Zealand. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dubliner set to become country’s third-youngest senior debutant, after Holmes and Keane

Troy Parrott during Republic of Ireland training on Wednesday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Celtic full back Lee O’Connor will also be making his senior international debut

Republic of Ireland Under 21 manager Stephen Kenny: ‘I’m happy with what I have. We have a depth to the squad, I feel.’ Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Several debutants for U-21 Euro qualifier including goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu

Alan Judge is confident that he is now approaching his best once again.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Having contributed this time, reaching Euros would eclipse last finals in France

Robbie Brady: “Please God, I can do enough to be in contention for Monday.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Burnley midfielder also keen to re-establish himself in starting XI after lengthy absence

Ray credited with helping the DDSL become the biggest schoolboy league in Europe

Dundalk celebrate with The Unite the Union Champions Cup after their victgory over Linfield at Oriel Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Lilywhites dominate second leg to take inaugural Unite the Union Champions Cup

Ireland’s Aaron Connolly will undergo a scan on Monday afternoon. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/EPA

Brighton forward suffered injury against Manchester United on Sunday

Dundalk welcome Linfield to Oriel Park on Monday following their 1-1 draw in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho

League of Ireland champions emerged from first leg at Windsor Park with a 1-1 draw

Aaron Connolly challenges for the ball with Manchester United’s Brandon Williams. Photograph: Nigel Roddie/EPA

Brighton striker was substituted at half-time of Seagulls’ 3-1 defeat to Manchester United

 Shamrock Rovers’ Graham Burke is shown a straight red card by Referee Neil Doyle during a Premier Division game against Dundalk. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Verbal abuse a relatively common occurrence though physical assaults a rarity

Emmet Malone: “At the end, in front of the 14-year-olds he is supposed to be teaching about respect and sportsmanship, the manager tells me I am “a disgrace”. I leave feeling precisely the same way about him.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Emmet Malone on the ups and downs of being the man in the middle

Linfield’s Shayne Lavery in action against Seán Hoare and Andy Boyle of Dundalk during the first leg of the Unite the Union Champions Cup at Windsor Park. Photograph:  Brian Little/Inpho

Dundalk earn draw in first leg of Unite the Union Champions Cup

Dundalk’s Chris Shields says he would be pleased to see the Unite the Union Champions Cup serve as a stepping stone to an all island league. Photograph: Inpho

Friday night’s final could be a great advertisement for a potential all island league

Robbie Brady has been added to Mick McCarthy’s Ireland squad for New Zealand and Denmark. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty

Mick McCarthy suggests that Troy Parrott will get to make his senior debut next week

Stephen Kenny: “I’m used to going direct. With Dundalk, we’d have always chartered a flight.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Travel arrangements for trip to Armenia and back do no favours for Kenny’s side

Limerick FC had been suffering financial problems throughout last season. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The sanction retrospectively means that they finished last in the league last season

Republic of Ireland Under-21 manager Stephen Kenny has revealed his latest squad. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Jack Clarke, Aidan Keena and Thomas O’Connor selected for Armenia and Sweden

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley celebrates after the FAI Cup final victory over Dundalk. “To go to the next level, to go and win leagues, you have to win something.”  Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Manager says final victory over proven Dundalk will stand his squad in good stead

Shamrock Rovers’ Joey O’Brien holds off the challenge of Dundalk’s Sean Murray during the FAI Cup final at the Aviva.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ex-Bolton and West Ham defender says success in front of his own a special feeling

Dundalk’s Sean Murray tries to tackleShamrock Rovers’ Jack Byrne during theFAI Cup final. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Late drama at the end of normal time forced this FAI Cup final the full distance

Joey O’Brien celebrates the FAI Cup semi-final victory over Bohemians at Dalymount park. “It was the only [Irish] club I was ever going to play for.” Photograph: Ryan byrne/Inpho

Former Bolton and West Ham defender has proved a real leader for Hoops boss Bradley

Dundalk’s Sean Hoare celebrates scoring the first goal of the game against Shamrock Rovers in the Premier Division clash at Oriel Park in September. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Champions are rightful favourites but Shields absence will boost Hoops’ hopes

Shamrock Rovers’ Ronan Finn: “As long as you are in the team, that’s all you really care about.”  Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

‘The difference since I’ve come back in 2017 to now is huge in terms of quality’

IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

IFA says proposals ‘are highly speculative and lack specificity or guarantees’

Dundalk’s Chris Shields tackles Shamrock Rovers’ Jack Byrne during a game  at  Oriel Park. The Dundalk midfielder will miss Sunday’s FAI Cup Final between the two teams due to suspension. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Influential midfielder misses out after picking up eighth yellow card after league was won

Dundalk’s Robbie Benson with the  FAI Cup trophy at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. ‘It’s been a hard one to take, missing so much of the season.’ Photograph: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Midfielder thinks FAI Cup victory over Rovers would cement side’s position as best ever

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