Licences revealed, Cork saga goes on
Published: February 15, 2010
The licences for the 2010 League of Ireland season were awarded on Monday (February 15), but mystery still surrounds the future of Cork City FC.

With Cork due at the High Court to pay off a Revenue bill and engaged in takeover talks, the Independent Club Licensing Committee have opted to defer their decision on the Munster-based club for another week.

A statement released on behalf of the Quintas Group, who are interested in taking control of The Leesiders, claimed that any takeover would only go through if Cork were to receive a Premier Division licence for the coming season.

While the wait continues for Cork, several clubs, including Bray Wanderers, Longford Town, Monaghan United, Shelbourne and Waterford United, have been granted Premier Division licences. Derry City, who were expelled from the league last year, have been approved for a First Division licence along with Salthill Devon.

The top division will only contain 10 teams, so a final decision still needs to be made on the make-up of both the Premier Division and the First Division. Clubs can appeal the Committe's decision, but everything is now being held up to see what happens with Cork.

"The Independent Club Licensing Committee today (February 15th) awarded 14 Premier Division licences, seven First Division licences and five Newstalk A Championship licences for the 2010 season," read a FAI statement.

"The Independent Club Licensing Committee has deferred its decision on Cork City until after the High Court case comes in for mention on Monday, February 22nd next.

"In making its decision, the Independent Club Licensing Committee noted that one of the fundamental principles of club licensing is the protection of creditors such as club employees, other clubs and the Revenue.

"The Independent Club Licensing Committee was made aware of a potential takeover which may result in commitments to creditors being honoured. As this takeover is dependent on the outcome of the High Court order, the Independent Committee felt it prudent to await that outcome and give maximum opportunity for creditors to be paid.

"The application from FORAS has been deferred pending the outcome of the Cork City decision."

Premier Division: Bohemians, Bray Wanderers, Dundalk, Drogheda United, Galway United, Longford Town, Monaghan United, Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers, Sligo Rovers, St Patrick's Athletic, Sporting Fingal, UCD, Waterford United.

First Division: Athlone Town, Derry City, Finn Harps, Limerick FC, Mervue United, Salthill Devon, Wexford Youths.

Newstalk A Championship: Castlebar Celtic, Cobh Ramblers, FC Carlow, Tralee Dynamos, Tullamore Town.
Leave a Comment

Extratime Team

More articles from Extratime Team

image description Photographer: Eoin Smith

Suspension List - Week 18

by Extratime Team on Fri, Jul 22 2016

The weekend's suspension list is now available to view below with Pats hit with two suspensions due to the culmination ...... Read more

image description Photographer: Peter Fitzpatrick

Match Officials Appointed - Week 18

by Extratime Team on Fri, Jul 22 2016

This week's match officials have been appointed with the majority of games taking place on Friday before one game on ...... Read more

image description Photographer: Peter Fitzpatrick

2016 League of Ireland Mid-Season Transfer List

by Extratime Team on Thu, Jul 21 2016

The mid-season transfer window opens on July 1st and runs for one month with this article being your one stop ...... Read more

image description

Irish team finish Homeless World Cup as Plate winners

by Extratime Team on Sun, Jul 17 2016

It went all the way to penalties but Ireland kept their nerve in the Plate Final to end their participation ...... Read more

image description Photographer: Laszlo Geczo

Match Officials Appointed - Week 17

by Extratime Team on Wed, Jul 13 2016

With a number of European games taking place at the moment we have just seven games in the SSE Airtricity ...... Read more

image description Photographer: Al Robinson

Jamie Monaghan collects 'Medaille de la Ville de Paris' at special ceremony

by Extratime Team on Fri, Jul 08 2016

Republic of Ireland supporter Jamie Monaghan was presented with the prestigious 'M├ędaille de la Ville de Paris' from the Mayor ...... Read more