Sarah O’Shea, a member of the board to the Federation of Irish Sport, is to leave the Football Association of Ireland at the end of the year to set up a Sport Consultancy Business.

Sarah O’ Shea is the head of legal and disciplinary affairs at the Football Association of Ireland (“FAI”). She works across a broad range of areas including contractual matters, sponsorship, disciplinary and disputes, rules and regulations, litigation, media and is heavily involved in the new Aviva Stadium and Europa League Final 2011.
Sarah worked as a solicitor in general practice until 2006 specialising in litigation, probate and conveyancing. Sarah was accepted onto the FIFA International Master programme in 2006 and spent one year in Italy, Switzerland and the UK undertaking the full-time Masters in business, law and humanities of Sport.

FAI CEO John Delaney said: “Sarah has made a huge impact over the past ten years and has been to the forefront of many changes and projects the Association has been involved in over that period. She has always be held in very high esteem for her skills and expertise and the excellent working relationships she has within the football family past decade.”

FAI President Tony Fitzgerald stated: “Sarah has been a huge asset to the Association and I know she will continue to be of immense benefit to our members going forward. Sarah has worked very closely and successfully with the Board and the grassroots during that period. On behalf of the Board and our members, I wish her every success”, he added.

Sarah O’Shea said: “It has been with great pride that I served the Association over the last 10 years.  This has been a hugely successful period and I am privileged to have worked for Irish Football over this important decade.  Together we overhauled the Association Rules, Governance and Disciplinary Processes. We successfully secured the Europa League Final and Euro 2020 bid, the construction of the Aviva Stadium, our move from Merrion Square to our new headquarters in Abbotstown and the development of our National Training Centre. I would like to thank John for his tremendous support, vision and leadership over that period and to wish John, the Board, the Staff, our International Teams and all within the football family the very best as they continue the work of promoting and developing the game.  I am delighted, and honoured to have worked for the Association and I look forward to continuing to work within Irish football in the years ahead”.