The Irish Supporters Network was invited to attend and speak at an Oireachtas hearing about the future of Irish football at Dáil Éireann on April 16th.
Organised by Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin as a follow up to an initial meeting held in Killester earlier this year, other speakers included former Ireland international Niall Quinn, Denis Hynes of SIPTU, Tony Considine and Paul Hickey from You Boys in Green (YBIG) Independent Supporters Mandate, and Stephen McGuinness of PFAI.
All speakers spoke passionately about the potential of the League of Ireland, with ISN secretary Niamh O’Mahony insisting that the way forward for the game in Ireland had to be inclusive of all stakeholders, including supporters. Football clubs are essential about all the people involved and the communities around them, and it’s important that everyone place an emphasis on good governance on a daily basis, she added.
She made her comments as Minister for Tourism, Transport and Sport, Shane Ross TD, suggested that player and supporter representatives should be included on the board of the Football Association of Ireland in the future.
An audio recording of the briefing (from 38 mins) can be heard here, with thanks for the Opel Jersey blog.