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FAI and Delaney critic's appointment to sub-committee confirmed

Paul Cooke will join President Donal Conway and Board members Niamh O’Donoghue, Eamonn Naughton, Paraic Treanor and Noel Fitzroy as part of the group.

A file pic of the FAI's headquarters in Abbotstown.
A file pic of the FAI's headquarters in Abbotstown.
Image: Matt Browne/SPORTSFILE

PAUL COOKE, AN outspoken critic of the Football Association of Ireland, has been appointed to a sub-committee of the FAI Board with immediate effect, it has been confirmed.

The sub-committee has been tasked with overseeing ongoing investigations and procedures at the FAI.

Cooke, a former Director with Waterford United as well as a chartered accountant who has worked as CEO of the Irish Daily Star and the Sunday Business Post newspapers, has been nominated unopposed for vacant position of Honorary Treasurer.

Cooke will join President Donal Conway and Board members Niamh O’Donoghue, Eamonn Naughton, Paraic Treanor and Noel Fitzroy on the sub-committee.

“Paul Cooke’s experience in the media industry and in business, coupled with his acumen as a chartered accountant, is a valuable addition to our sub-committee,” said Conway.

“I look forward to working with the Board of the FAI on this sub-committee and I am confident that my business and financial background will be an asset to the processes underway at the FAI,” added Cooke.

Cooke has been one of the few members of the FAI Council to ask critical questions of the association at their annual AGMs and in a recent Sunday Times interview said the organisation’s former CEO John Delaney had been “given too much power”.

Significant change is expected to be initiated within the association after a series of recent controversies.

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