Finn Harps and Derry City awarded Premier Division Licences

Fourteen Premier Division and six First Division licences have been granted for the 2017 season.

So that means both Finn Harps and Derry City have also been successful.

The news has been welcomed by Harps Club Chairperson Sean Quinn who has paid tribute to the staff and the Board of Directors who devoted a huge amount of time and resources into ensuring that Harps met the criteria to be granted a Premiership License for the second successive year.

“We’re all delighted that confirmation has been received from the FAI that our license for the 2017 season has been granted. That allows us now to concentrate much more of our efforts on the team and the playing side of things with our first game of the new season against Cork City coming up on Friday week at Finn Park” Mr Quinn said.

Despite their First Division status, both Waterford and Longford were handed Premier Division licences.

The decision of the Independent Club Licensing Committee means all 20 league clubs have been cleared to compete for the forthcoming season.