SIPTU members in the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) have welcomed the endorsement of the governance review recommendations that were passed at the EGM of the Association on Saturday (20th July). The FAI staff members have also noted the call by the Minister for Sport, Shane Ross, on FAI president, Donal Conway, to withdraw his nomination for office before the AGM of the FAI later this week. SIPTU Services Division Organiser, Karan O’Loughlin said: “SIPTU members in the FAI have called for the full implementation of the Governance Review recommendations in order to provide a fresh start for the Association. Our members are also alarmed at a statement to the media made by Donal Conway after the EGM on Saturday, warning of potential staff redundancies. This kind of unspecified, casual threat to the livelihoods of loyal and hard-working staff across the organisation is unacceptable and in breach of their basic employment rights. There are legal obligations on the organisation to consult with staff and with their trade union on any proposals for redundancies within the FAI. “Our members in the FAI insist that it complies with its obligations in this regard. FAI staff have continued to show the utmost professionalism in very testing times and have always put the game first. It is time for others to do the same.”