FINE Gael Senator Micheál Carrigy has apologized to former Ireland international Robbie Keane for a statement about his FAI salary that was “inaccurate and false in a number of respects”.
Lawyers for the Republic of Ireland’s record goalscorer are demanding an apology and a retraction from Fine Gael over the Longford-based senator’s statement last Thursday about the €250,000 annual salary Keane receives from the FAI, despite having no formal role in the organisation .
Fine Gael removed the statement from its website, but it was circulated by a number of news outlets and tweeted by several journalists after it was released by the party’s press office.
Keane’s lawyers are understood to have questioned Mr Carrigy’s characterization of payroll funding.
“On Thursday (March 24) I issued a press release on Robbie Keane,” Mr Carrigy said in a statement issued by Fine Gael’s press office on Thursday morning.
“I have since learned that the information contained in this press release was inaccurate and false as well as unfair in a number of respects.
“As a result, I have withdrawn the press release and apologize to Robbie for the damage caused.”
Former Spurs, Wolves and Celtic forward Keane, 41, was appointed assistant national team coach four years ago as part of Mick McCarthy’s backroom team.
When Stephen Kenny took over in 2020, however, he didn’t offer Keane a spot on his backroom team. Keane remains on the FAI payroll with his contract expiring this summer.
Mr Carrigy’s original statement called for the salary to be returned and passed on to grassroots football clubs.
As part of a government rescue package for the over-indebted association, the FAI had its annual government funding doubled to 5.8 million euros in 2020. He was also allocated €13m in Covid aid in 2020 and €19m last year for the same purpose, along with several other sports organizations affected by the pandemic.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/fine-gael-senator-micheal-carrigy-apologises-to-robbie-keane-over-comments-on-his-250000-fai-salary-41506339.html Fine Gael Senator Micheál Carrigy apologizes to Robbie Keane for comments on his €250,000 FAI salary