Ministers congratulate Niamh O’Donoghue on becoming the first female to be elected to the FAI’s Board of Management

Saturday 22 July 2017

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport,  Brendan Griffin TD, have today congratulated Niamh O’Donoghue on her election to the Board of Management of the Football Association of Ireland [FAI]. 

Minister Shane Ross said: “I would like to congratulate Niamh on her historic appointment to the FAI’s Board of Management. It is the first time in the history of the association that the FAI has appointed a woman board member and a clear demonstration of their commitment to the development of women’s football in Ireland”.

“I know from my recent meeting with Niamh and John Delaney, the CEO of the FAI, that women’s football is very much to the forefront of the FAI’s thinking going forward and that these are exciting times for the development of the women’s game in Ireland”.

Minister of State Brendan Griffin said: “I would also like to applaud Niamh on her election to the board of the FAI. It is vital that women of all ages and abilities are encouraged to take part in sport and are given every opportunity to do so, both from a lifestyle and enjoyment perspective. Niamh has been involved in football administration since the early 1980’s and her appointment today will be an invaluable addition to the board of the FAI given her experience, dedication and tireless devotion to women’s soccer”.

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