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Demands Made For Ireland Women's Team To Receive Same Pay As Men

Demands Made For Ireland Women's Team To Receive Same Pay As Men
By Gary Connaughton
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Throughout the world, a number of associations have taken the decision to pay members of the women's team the same amount as their male equivalents. Brazil and England became the latest nations to implement this policy, following the example set by the likes of New Zealand and Norway.

This is a welcome development, with the women's game finally being given the recognition it has long been craving.

Many now want the FAI to play their part. Sinn Féin's spokesperson on sport Chris Andrews has called for the members of the Ireland women's team to receive the same income from the Association as Stephen Kenny's men's side.


The Irish women's team have had a fractured relationship with the FAI in the past, calling a press conference three years ago to bring to light the fact that they were being treated as 'fifth class citizens' in comparison to men's team.

While that treatment has improved in recent years, they are still not on a level playing field in terms of pay.

Chris Andrews said this would be an opportunity for the FAI to be at the forefront of a global movement:

The FAI has an opportunity to put Ireland to the fore of gender equality across the EU.

I will be writing to the FAI asking for pay equality to be established for female footballers representing the national team.

To develop greater participation in sport by women, equal pay and supports while representing your country must be a core principle.

The USA women's team recently took their national federation to court in search of equal pay, although their case was unsuccessful. They are now in the midst of appealing the decision.

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