Paul Cooke elected FAI President as members vote to back gender balance


FAI HQ Credit: Martin Doherty (ETPhotos)

Paul Cooke has been elected as President of the FAI at today’s AGM in Dublin. Cook will succeed Gerry McAnaney on a two year term having received 89 ahead of Joe O’Brien’s 21.

The meeting also ratified Tony Keohane as Independent Chairperson of the FAI, replacing Roy Barrett in the role.

John Finnegan from the Munster Football Association was elected unopposed to the role of Vice-President.

Independent Directors Catherine Guy and Liz Joyce, nominated by the Nominations Committee of the FAI, will each serve for a further two-year term following their ratification at the AGM.

Earlier in the day at an EGM the FAI members also approved an extension of the Board from 12 to 14 members in a vote of 110 to 6 which ensures the FAI will meet gender balance requirements set out by Government.

Announcing the result of the vote at the EGM, outgoing President Gerry McAnaney said: “This vote paves the way for us to increase the size of our Board to 14 and ensure that the Board will have a minimum of 6 male and 6 female directors in future.

"This is a very significant development for the Association and means that we will be in a position to achieve the 40% female director target set out in Government policy and specifically in the MOU as soon as we identify and appoint two additional female directors to the Board in January.”