Ewan McKenna: A Pitch Battle

Ewan McKenna: A Pitch Battle
Members of the Ireland squad train at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The Ireland women’s football team were granted their demands after an explosive press conference, but many in the FAI wonder how it got to that stage

It was close to 4am on Wednesday morning when an exhausted but delighted Ireland women’s team emerged from talks in Liffey Valley’s Clarion Hotel. Over the day that followed, details of their confidential agreement were leaked and showed they’d got nearly everything they’d threatened to strike for. Beyond the per diem payments they’ll now receive in camp, they were also awarded a €300 match fee as well as win and draw bonuses. To put that into perspective, the two best-looked-after women’s teams in the country were considered to be the cricket and rugby sides. Neither receive match fees, even if the former get compensation for loss of earnings.

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