Independent report recommends only one football club for Galway

The FAI has presented an independent report which finds that one team in the national league is sufficient for the Galway area
The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) yesterday presented an independent report to stakeholders which recommends that there should be only one League of Ireland club in the Galway area.

After consulting stakeholders, the independent report recommended the establishment of one club, with one board, comprised of representatives for football and business interests in the area.

The report also suggested that a Connaught Senior League should be set up to nourish the development of football in the area.

At present, there are two Galway based clubs in the League of Ireland, with Salthill Devon and Mervue United plying their trade in the First Division.

Stakeholders included the former Galway United board, the Galway United Supporters Trust, the Galway Football Association, Mervue United and Salthill Devon, as well as the director of the League of Ireland Fran Gavin.

"Today's independent report sets out a solution for the issues facing Galway senior football," said Gavin of the report. "A first meeting with stakeholders to present the findings was held [yesterday] and the Association will continue this process in the coming period.

"It is our objective to work with all of the parties involved to reach this long term solution which can and should deliver a healthy, sustainable future for senior football in Galway.

"We believe that such a solution must take into account the strength of the sport at grassroots level and needs to create strong cohesion between all strands of the game in the Galway area," he concluded.