par Steve Jefferys
Fourteen of the national Irish women’s football squad went to the home of Irish trade unionism, Dublin’s Liberty Hall, on 4 April 2017 to publicize their refusal to go to training camp. They denounced the way the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) treated its women players and threatened to boycott the next friendly international match.
The FAI had refused to negotiate with the women’s union, the Professional Footballers Association of Ireland, over the women’s treatment. Their grievances included not being allowed to keep their FAI tracksuits and sometimes having to change in or out of them in public toilets; being booked into hotels without Wi-Fi; not being given gym membership and access to nutritionists and individual strength and conditioning programs.
They also demanded that all their non-professional players received full loss of earning for days spent on national duty, and that they should be paid €300 for all international fixtures with a €150 bonus for a win and €75 for a draw.
On April 6 after night-long negotiations with the FAI the women’s captain, Emma Bryne tweeted: « Long night, tough going, finally both sides came to an agreement! Victory! Thank you for all your support. It proves unity is a powerful force. »