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# John Delaney

This year
# change at the top
Remembering the tumultuous reign and assessing the legacy of FAI Chairman Roy Barrett
Barrett was appointed to deal with the wreckage left after John Delaney’s exit, and announced this week that he he is stepping away from the role.
Last year
# High Court
Court rules against John Delaney in claim over documents seized from FAI by ODCE
He argued that the Corporate Watchdog was not entitled to use just over 1,100 documents relating to him from the FAI
# High Court
Hearing of outstanding issues between Delaney and ODCE may not take place for months
The Judge today expressed the court’s strong desire to bring the matter to a conclusion.
All time
# The Gaffer
'Steve Staunton is an icon of Irish football and will always be' - remembering Stan's remarkable reign
The young Boys in Green boss dealt with controversies, landmark defeats and media battles.
# High Court
John Delaney directed to provide ODCE with certain details about litigation
Justice Leonie Reynolds gave Delaney two weeks to provide the ODCE with the information.
# Courts
ODCE may make submissions on 1,100 documents John Delaney claims are covered by legal privilege
Mr Delaney says the material cannot be used as part of the investigation because they are covered by Legal Professional Privilege (LPP).
# John Delaney
Judge says she's not yet prepared to make order over files sought by ODCE in FAI investigation
The case will return before the court after the new legal terms commences in October.
# High Court
Judgement reserved on watchdog's application for disputed John Delaney documents
The judge said she would do her best to give judgement as soon as possible.
Judge wants LPP issues between ODCE, FAI and John Delaney completed by end of legal year
The comments were made by Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds when the matter came before her today.
# High Court
Judge to receive report next week concerning documents seized from FAI by ODCE
Many of the documents at issue relate to the FAI’s former CEO John Delaney.
High Court rules that case about investigation into FAI can be heard in public for now
Delaney has applied for the proceedings to be held in private.
# High Court
Second barrister appointed to help with inspection of seized FAI documents
Delaney’s application to have the hearing held in private remains outstanding.
# Judgement
Court appoints one extra person to examine files seized from FAI
The ODCE’s application to appoint more people was objected by former FAI CEO John Delaney.
# Meet the new boss
Finding a sponsor, hosting a World Cup and not needing to read Champagne Football - New FAI boss lays out his vision
Jonathan Hill is the FAI’s first permanent CEO since John Delaney, and yesterday he explained how he plans to drag Irish football from its miserable recent past.
# still on the sidelines
New FAI boss yet to meet Robbie Keane to resolve his future
New CEO Jonathan Hill spoke to the Irish press today, where he revealed the FAI are saying no to a gambling sponsor, and that he has yet to read Champagne Football.
# in camera
High Court told that John Delaney bid for court proceedings to be held in private is 'very draconian'
Delaney’s legal team has said that the potential dissemination of legal documents is “a matter of enormous concern” to him.
# John Delaney
ODCE wants more people appointed to help examine files seized from FAI
The office wants to appoint five more people to review materials over which claims of legal privilege are made by the FAI.
# the year that was
An A-Z of the Irish football year in 2020
We run through what has been a fairly desperate 12 months for Irish football, on and off the pitch.
# legacy
FAI paying Mike Ashley's Sports Direct €100,000 a month until October 2025
The Association’s dreadful financial position was outlined in an Annual General Meeting today.
# omission
'Ireland’s leading goalscorer and all-time caps holder had been spectacularly snubbed'
Read an extract from the acclaimed ‘Champagne Football’.
# bad relationship
'We were very much on the wrong side of the Delaney ire for a number of years'
In part two of our series looking at the impact of the old FAI, we chat to Stuart Gilhooly of the PFAI.
# Interview
‘Did I regret resigning? No, I couldn’t survive in that environment’ - John Delaney's predecessor
In part one of our series on the legacy of the old FAI one year on from when the extent of its financial issues were revealed, we chat to ex-General Secretary Brendan Menton.
# horror show
FAI post loss of €5 million for 2019 and show debts of almost €70 million in grim set of accounts
Chairperson Roy Barrett says the figures show ‘how deep that pain runs throughout our game.’
# Investigation
High Court rules that John Delaney must examine documents seized by ODCE by mid-January
The court has been asked by the ODCE to determine if some files are covered by legal professional privilege.
Michael Healy-Rae apologises for supporting John Delaney during 2019 Oireachtas appearance
The Kerry TD said in April 2019 that he was “quite confident” that Delaney could only be accused of being “passionately committed to his job”.
# Recommended Reading
Champagne Football among six-strong shortlist for Sports Book of the Year
The42′s Niall Kelly has also been nominated for his work on Barry Geraghty’s autobiography ‘True Colours’.
# High Court
ODCE objects to John Delaney getting extra time to complete file inspection process
The matter will return before the High Court in two weeks’ time.
# Political Football
Go inside John Delaney's FAI with Champagne Football on TV tonight
The show will air at 9pm on Virgin Media.
'In some ways, he was somebody who was desperate to be loved by everybody'
Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan, authors of the remarkable Champagne Football, are our guests on this week’s Behind the Lines.
# Courts
John Delaney seeks extra time to inspect documents seized by ODCE
Documents and a digital device containing 270,000 files were seized from the FAI’s offices last February.
# Report
FAI send Mazars report to Gardaí and ODCE
The report was commissioned in April 2019.
# High Court
Ex FAI boss John Delaney living and working abroad, court hears
The ODCE reached an agreement with Delaney over how the inspection of certain documents and emails seized from the association is to be conducted.
# Political Football
20 years of drama in Irish football, Chapter 1: the rise and fall of John Delaney
In the first in the series, Garry Doyle speaks to figures in the game about the man who rose to become chief executive and oversaw the Association for almost a decade and a half.
# jog your memory
Quiz: How well do you remember John Delaney and the FAI's infamous Oireachtas appearance?
It’s a year today since the remarkable theatre that proved so damaging to the now-former FAI regime.
# crossroads
Why have we stopped producing top-level players? Ireland needs a new philosophy
Irish football requires a new plan if this decade is to be better than the last one.
# free to play
Clare footballer has suspension lifted following league's disrepute charge
The saga began over a series of social media comments, some of which questioned the league’s support of John Delaney.
# Reform
Some opposition anticipated as FAI Council set for vote to approve terms of government bailout
In spite of the importance of the State aid, there is opposition to certain reforms among some voting Council members.
# punished
Clare League fined after suspending player for social media comments
Clare and District League charged with bringing the game into disrepute by FAI Disciplinary Committee.
# viewers habits
Flores' goal was seen across the world, but the LOI is struggling for a TV audience
The League’s potential was in evidence in Tallaght last week, but can it be built upon?
# Courts
John Delaney joined as party to proceedings brought by corporate watchdog after search of FAI
The matter concerns materials recently seized from the FAI’s offices.