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Irish football governing body CEO is paid twice the amount of top political figures, new financial figures reveal

The Chief Executive of the Football Association of Ireland John Delaney was paid €400,000 in 2011 according to an account published in the Irish Times.

The figure earned by the CEO is twice the salary of the Taoiseach and €151,000 more than the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins.

Mr Delaney became the chief executive of the FAI in 2005 and in July 2010 his contract was extended to 2015, but he recently came in for criticism due to his behaviour during Euro 2012.

He took a 7.2 per cent pay cut last year but, according to the Irish Independent, it was less than the average reduction in salaries for FAI staff.

Meanwhile, the annual accounts figures also show that the governing body cut grants paid to clubs and leagues around the country by €377,000 due to the costs of the debt from the development of the Aviva Stadium.

Nevertheless, turnover reportedly increased by a figure of €5.8 million as a result of high attendances at Ireland’s Euro 2012 qualifiers.

The accounts will be discussed at the FAI's annual AGM which will be held in Letterkenny on July 21.

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