April 6 – Twenty-four hours after threatening to go on strike in a row over working conditions the Republic of Ireland’s women’s team have reached agreement with the national federation (FAI) following lengthy mediation talks.
On Wednesday, team members carried out their threat not to attend a training camp in Dublin as they fought for the right to be compensated to cover lost earnings while on international duty as well as improved resources.
Among the players’ demands were match fees of €300, bonuses of €150 for a win and €75 for a draw, gym membership for the squad and the provision of team clothing – with some players claiming they have had to change in airport toilets to hand back tracksuits after games.
Team members had held a press conference on Tuesday issuing their threat, describing the “humiliating” conditions and explaining their fight for equality.
But the FAI confirmed that talks had led to all issues being resolved and that the players will now resume training ahead of Monday’s game against Slovakia.
A statement read: “The Football Association of Ireland and the Republic of Ireland senior women’s national team have reached agreement, following mediation talks.
“Discussions between both sides came to a successful conclusion earlier (on Thursday) morning, where all ‘Issues to be addressed’, as outlined by the players, were successfully resolved.”
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