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Monday 20 Jun 2022
Kirkwood re-elected as Irish FA president

Conrad Kirkwood has been re-elected as president of the Irish Football Association.

Confirmation came at a meeting of the Irish FA Council held at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park tonight.

Jack Grundie was the runner-up for the position in a vote among council members.

Neil Jardine was re-elected deputy first president and Colin McKendry was returned as deputy second president.

After the meeting Kirkwood said: “I am absolutely delighted that a majority of Council members have placed their faith in me to remain as president of the Association, to allow me to be in the role again and to do more good work.

“My first year has been full of highlights, from being part of hosting the UEFA Super Cup to spending time with our powerchair team and generally travelling to different parts of Northern Ireland to see the excellent work taking place in our footballing communities across the country. We sometimes get accused of being Belfast centric so it has been really useful to get out and speak to people on their own ‘patch’. 

“I’ve also taken the opportunity to talk to traveling Northern Ireland fans, particularly as they have come back in numbers after Covid. It has been good to hear what our fans get out of coming to the games and perhaps what could be done better. It is only by taking the time and sitting down with people, that you understand this.

“I said last year that I wanted to be visible and transparent. I feel I have done this and have tried to use social media too to show people the different aspects of the role not to mention the variety of work the Irish FA does and the dedicated staff force in place to make it all happen.”