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Supreme Court rejects John Delaney’s appeal bid

The former FAI chief had wanted to appeal against a decision that the Corporate Enforcement Authority (CEA) could use 1,123 documents

Supreme Court said it did not consider ‘that it is in the interests of justice’ that the appeal should be brought to the highest court.

John Delaney’s attempt to bring an appeal over documents seized by the corporate watchdog to the Supreme Court has been refused, a three-judge court has determined.

The former Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief had wanted the Supreme Court to hear an appeal against a decision that the Corporate Enforcement Authority (CEA) was allowed to use 1,123 documents.

He had contested the status of these documents, alleging they were covered by legal professional privilege and could not be used as part of the CEA’s investigation. The CEA refuted this and the High Court agreed, with the Court of Appeal also rejecting his appeal on the issue.