Niall Quinn

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Minister for Sport Shane Ross said the FAI was ‘a complete and utter basketcase’.  Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times.

A group of FAI employees, politicians and independent football figures are working on a plan to redraw how the FAI board is appointed. The group, whi(...)

Minister for Sport Shane Ross says Ministers could not believe  the association which runs Irish football has ‘sunk to such an awful low.’  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A plan to disperse State funding for grassroots football which bypasses the “utter basketcase” Football Association of Ireland should be ready by next(...)

 FAI president Donal Conway at the publication of the association’s  accounts at  Abbotstown in  Dublin last Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Football Association of Ireland employees may not know until after Christmas what impact the funding crisis at the organisation will have on their job(...)

Republic of Ireland fans celebrate Matt Doherty’s goal against Denmark at the Aviva Stadium. Would  an All-island league help to draw the two footballing authorities in Ireland closer together in a time of potential political change.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Belfast, 6.30pm, last Saturday: there were Dutch orangemen on the march up Donegall Avenue as GAWA, the green and white army, descended west down Tate(...)

If  Dermot Desmond  hasn’t invested for love, or for money, then it must be for the punishment. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

For somebody like Dermot Desmond with a personal fortune of about €2 billion, it must seem perfectly reasonable to punt the occasional couple of milli(...)

 This season is Sunderland’s second season in the third division

You could tell how things were going by the the song being sung. From behind his goal Sunderland fans were serenading Jon McLaughlin. An hour had gone(...)

Niall Quinn has explained why he didn’t put his name forward for a place on the FAI board. Photograph:   Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Niall Quinn says that he turned down the opportunity to be considered for a place on the board of the FAI after losing faith in the reform process tha(...)

Jockey Davy Russell  and Dublin hurler Chris Crummy give jockey Ruby Walsh his jersey before the start of the eighth annual Hurling for Cancer Research,  in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, in St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, Co Kildare.  Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

If the whole jockey thing hadn’t worked out for Davy Russell, he might instead have played hurling for his native Cork. That’s the opinion of other pe(...)

Ireland U-21s manager  Stephen Kenny with Duleek Schoolboys/Girls FC on Wednesday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stephen Kenny admits that it is a “challenging time” for Irish soccer but insists he has had to stay focused on his own education in the international(...)

FAI general manager Noel Mooney said Niall Quinn’s involvement with the association  could be “of benefit to Irish football”. File photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

FAI general manager Noel Mooney says that some “brave decisions” are required if Airtricity League clubs are to achieve tangible change after a two-da(...)

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