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Great work being done but could the committee request the criteria for away games at the meetings anymore. Would be helpful to know earlier for Gibraltar and it will most likely be the same for the Switzerland game. Even if its just what games they will be taking into consideration to give people and idea.
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Originally posted by Donegalman Donegalman wrote:

Great work being done but could the committee request the criteria for away games at the meetings anymore. Would be helpful to know earlier for Gibraltar and it will most likely be the same for the Switzerland game. Even if its just what games they will be taking into consideration to give people and idea.

Criteria are changing game by game depending on demand. Under the current system, they won't know how many games you'll need until they know how many applications are in and who's applied. 

We've been told they'll share details on an improved scheme shortly. Our argument for a universal scheme for all is that people will at least know where they'll be in a queue in the worst case scenario.
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YBIG Independent Supporters Mandate Statement - 12th April 2019

In relation to recent developments regarding the FAI, the YBIG Independent Supporters Mandate Committee were very disappointed in the conduct of the FAI delegation at Wednesday's Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport hearing.

Improved corporate governance and transparency have been items that we have consistently sought to include on the agenda and both were glaringly absent at Wednesday's hearing and have been since the issue of the €100,000 loan came to light three weeks ago.

There remain multiple questions to which no answer or unsatisfactory answers were provided. The fact that only three board members were made aware of this transaction at the time, directly contradicting the FAI statement issued on March 18th which stated "The board of the FAI has been kept fully informed in relation to this matter at all times” is damning, as is the fact that no answer was provided as to who signed off on that statement. 

Given the clear cash flow issues that have been detailed within the association since this issue arose, the fact that three third-party bodies, Jonathan Hall and Associates, Mazers and Grant Thornton have been hired at what is presumably significant cost means that further money will be diverted away from where it should be spent.

The unprecedented step taken by Sport Ireland to withhold its funding should be of serious concern to all in the country with an interest in football at all levels from grassroots up.

During Wednesday's hearing, Oireachtas Chairman, Fergus O'Dowd stated that "the board’s actions have resulted in the funding for those very people being withdrawn" and said that "regime change...is what people need." 

In his closing address, he added; "To ensure certainty, the best thing the board members could do is move on.  If they did so and new people came in, the association could turn around."

FAI President, Donal Conway was also asked: "If Sport Ireland indicates that in order for funding to be restored, the board will have to step down and allow a new board to be appointed, will the board heed that?"

In response, Mr Conway said; "We will not jeopardise Sport Ireland funding.  We will take whatever actions we have to take."

As a committee, we agree that radical change is necessary. We appeal to the board and those in positions of influence within the FAI to do the right thing for Irish football.

YBIG Independent Supporters Mandate Committee
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