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Thursday 27 April 2017

Goldrick wants action on funding 'inequality'

Goldrick:
Goldrick: "I’d love to see the same allocation of funding to women in all sport because if you’re giving different funding, that’s showing inequality." Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Dublin's Sinéad Goldrick believes inter-county ladies players are victims of "inequality" when Government funding is being dished out.

And Goldrick insists that the money on offer for female players should be on a par with their male counterparts. It was announced recently that the Gaelic Players Association is due to receive €1.6m from Sport Ireland this year - a figure that will rise to €2.3m next year and €3m in 2019.

In contrast, a two-year agreement commencing in 2017 will ensure Government support through the Women's GPA, the Camogie Association and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association - but to the more modest tune of €500,000 per annum.

The money filtering down to male players puts female funding in the shade - and Goldrick says that has to change. She said: "The WGPA has allocated €8,000 to each county team - I'm not sure of the figure they've granted to the GPA but there's a difference.

Equality

"It's a huge step to get that €8,000 but in terms of encouraging equality across the board, we need to allocate the correct funding for men and women's county teams.

"I know there's different attendances (between men and women's games) but I'd love to see the same allocation of funding to women in all sport because if you're giving different funding, that's showing inequality. I would love to see, at Government level, for funding to be the same allocated to men and women. If we want equality for women in sport, we need to see it coming from Government."

Goldrick, however, harbours doubts about the proposed introduction of a 30pc gender quota for sporting bodies, believing the best candidates should fill the roles.

She added: "It's brilliant that it might encourage people to look at women but the final decision should be based on your expertise as opposed to your gender."

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