A SIPTU delegation met the Minister for Sport, Shane Ross, today (Wednesday, 15th January) in Government Buildings in Dublin, to discuss the future of the FAI and the protection of the livelihoods of union members employed by the Association. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Denis Hynes, said: “The delegation which met with the Minister included SIPTU Organisers, SIPTU FAI Committee members and the Professional Footballers Association of Ireland General Secretary, Stephen McGuinness.”He added: “We are reasonably satisfied with the outcome of the meeting. The discussions were positive, and reassurance was given to us that all the stakeholders, including the banks, UEFA and the Government are committed to protecting the Association. While it is going to be a long road and our members in the FAI will be facing some difficulties and further negotiations with their employer, we believe progress has been made in protecting jobs and football in the community.”SIPTU Services Organiser, Teresa Hannick, said: “Following today’s meeting we are more hopeful concerning the future for our members employed by the FAI. Salaries will be paid in January for the staff and we are optimistic that a resolution can be found to this crisis which will protect our members and football in Ireland into the future.”