The IFA executive council took the first step in regaining the confidence of its membership on Tuesday. The decision to push ahead with the necessary rule changes to facilitate a full election in April finally sees the organisation’s governing body providing much-needed leadership – something that has been in short supply since the organisation was engulfed in controversy last November.

Whether or not the board standing down and seeking re-election was in the long-term interests of the organisation had become irrelevant. The lack of leadership over the past eight weeks had seen the council lose control of its membership. Therefore, a decision that would appease an increasingly vocal group of dissenting members became more important.