Friday 28 April 2017

Ireland women miss training as FAI agree to evening meeting with PFAI to discuss team's grievances

Republic of Ireland Women's National Team captain Emma Byrne speaks alongside, seated from left, Stephanie Roche, Aine O'Gorman, Karen Duggan, and other team-mates during a women's national team press conference at Liberty Hall in Dublin. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland Women's National Team captain Emma Byrne speaks alongside, seated from left, Stephanie Roche, Aine O'Gorman, Karen Duggan, and other team-mates during a women's national team press conference at Liberty Hall in Dublin. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

The FAI are set to sit down with the PFAI this evening to discuss the grievances outlined by the Irish women's team at a press conference yesterday.

Members of the team held a media event in the SIPTU headquarters yesterday afternoon where they outlined areas where they feel they don't get adequate support, alleging that they were forced to share tracksuits with underage teams among other things.

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Independent.ie understands that the team won't train today, with the PFAI, who represent the women's team, set to sit down with FAI officials at 6pm to discuss the issues raised yesterday.

Representatives for the women's team are hopeful that a resolution can be reached this evening, with a friendly next week against Slovakia looming, and expect the FAI to present a financial proposal to cover the women's team.

Speaking on Morning Ireland today, Ireland international Aine O'Gorman said that the team don't want to boycott the upcoming fixture.

"Well we 100% hope it doesn't get to that, we want to play" she said.

"We are just hoping that the FAI can approach the PFAI and get our simple issues addressed as soon as possible."

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