FAI: McAnaney re-elected as president while ex-Republic keeper Bonner returns as independent director

Bonner was made redundant from his technical director role with the FAI in 2010
Bonner was made redundant from his technical director role with the FAI in 2010

FAI president Gerry McAnaney has been re-elected for a second term after seeing off Dave Moran at the association's virtual EGM on Sunday.

McAnaney, who was elected in January 2020, claimed 60.5% of the votes from the 141-strong General Assembly members to beat Leinster FA's Moran.

Paul Cooke will continue in his role as vice-president after securing 63% of the votes to eclipse Ursula Scully.

The president and vice-president were both elected on two-year terms.

"I am proud and humbled to be re-elected to Irish football as President of the Association for the next two years as we continue our positive journey of reform," said McAnaney.

"My congratulations to Paul Cooke and all the Board members elected today, my thanks to all who voted but also to Dave Moran and Ursula Scully for standing as candidates and I wish them well.

"I would also like to thank Martin Heraghty for his service to Irish football as a very valued member of our Board and I look forward to working with him again in the coming years."

The recent change to the FAI's structures means the 12-person board will be comprised of six football directors and six independent directors.

Bonner ratified as independent director

The result of the votes sees Moran and Scully lose their seats on the board and by replaced by two independent directors, one of whom is Packie Bonner.

Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Bonner was ratified by delegates as an independent director, 11 years after he was made redundant from his position as the association's technical director.

Bonner and newcomers Tom Browne and Gary Twohig join the re-elected John Finnegan, Catherine Guy, Liz Joyce, Joseph O'Brien, Richard Shakespeare and Robert Watt on the board.

"Irish football has never been far from my mind over the last ten years," said Bonner.

FAI chairman Roy Barrett described the EGM as a 'watershed' moment for Irish football
FAI chairman Roy Barrett described the EGM as a 'watershed' moment for Irish football

"It's early in the new regime but it's important to be positive and constructive. There's a great deal of lost time to be recovered, so as a non-executive independent director, I want to provide whatever guidance and oversight I can in the years ahead."

"This is a watershed moment for Irish football," said FAI chairman Barrett.

"The appointment of the General Assembly and today's elections represent a new start for Irish football after a very traumatic time for our game.

"Our new Assembly and our new Board have been given a mandate by our football community to lead the transformation of the FAI and I am delighted that today's vote and our new Governance structures reflect that."