Irish Football Association agree equal pay for women

7 June 2016; The Republic of Ireland team, backrow, left to right, Julie Ann Russell, Stephanie Roche, Emma Byrne, Karen Duggan, Louise Quinn, Ruesha Littlejohn, front row, left to right, Meabh De Burca, Savannah McCarthy, Megan Connolly, Sophie Perry and Aine O'Gorman, before the Women's 2017 European Championship Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Montenegro in Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

The FAI), the Irish football association has announced that both the men’s and women’s teams will receive equal pay.

Representatives of both teams struck a deal on Monday to ensure that all players would be paid the same salaries.

The association stated in a statement that the “historic” agreement would take “immediate effect” for this months September’s international games.

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“The Irish Football Association is proud to announce that players representing the Republic of Ireland’s senior men’s and women’s teams will receive the same match fees in international matches,” the FAI said.

Reports have stated that Ireland’s men’s team agreed to reduce their international fees to help the women’s team. The qualifying for the Euros and The World Cup would also be paid equally among the genders.

This is a great day for Irish football,” said the Irish women’s captain Katie McCabe.

“We have taken a huge step forward with this deal and have shown the world what can be achieved through unity as we offer male and female international players the same opportunities.”

Men’s team captain Séamus Coleman was happy to contribute.

“We are delighted as players to do what we can to ensure that our female international players are treated equally and fairly. We remain fully committed to doing whatever we can to achieve that goal together,” said Coleman.

The move’s also welcomed on Twitter by Ireland’s Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

“Anyone who wears the green jersey is an inspiration and role model to all – positive to see such progress.

Ireland now joins countries such as England and Norway that have publicly pledged to pay players equally in international matches.

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