The FAI have confirmed that Shamrock Rovers II have been accepted into the SSE Airtricity League First Division for the 2020 season.
In a brief statement issued this evening the FAI said, “The National League Executive Committee approved the proposal and the decision was ratified by the FAI Board.”
Shamrock Rovers B previously played in the first division in the 2014 season, with the experiment being abandoned 12 months after its launch.
The proposed addition of a second Shamrock Rovers team has angered clubs in the first division with Longford chairman Jim Hanley telling The Irish Times;
that the experience of that 2014 season does not help as other clubs “know how little support they bring and so every budget will be affected”; but, he insisted, “the bigger issue is the integrity of this league. It feels as though the entire thing is being downgraded, turned into a development league, just to suit their needs.”