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The Irish Womens’ Soccer Team Fiasco April 4, 2017

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.
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There was a press conference this morning in Liberty Hall held by The Irish International Womens’ Soccer Team outlining their poor treatment and their demands.
Their demands seem perfectly reasonable and are as follows …..
-Access to nutritionist, and individual strength and conditioning programmes.
Gym membership for squad.
-Hotel accommodation to include at the very least working and reliable WiFi.
-Apparel for travelling to be provided to the squad prior to meeting up at airport.
-More home-based training sessions.
-All non-professional players to receive loss of earnings documented from their employers.
-Goalkeeper coach to remain for campaign, not change from game to game.
-Match fee for all international fixtures of €300.
-Bonus for competitive fixtures of €150 per win and €75 per draw.
-Qualification bonus to be agreed with team captain and player representatives at least four weeks prior to start of qualification campaign.

They approached the PFAI to represent them last September but the FAI have refused to deal with the PFAI. The whole thing stinks.
The Press Conference made quite a splash this morning and of course it so happens that a certain Mr Delaney is due a hefty pay rise soon.
You’d wonder if this will all blow over or as has been suggested, the various sponsors of the FAI being asked to make statements on what they think of the treatment of the International Womens team?

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1. Ferdia McGruber - April 4, 2017

It’s going to be difficult to justify giving Delaney a pay rise (or even his existing pay) when the Womens’ team have to share tracksuits. As for the money they’re looking for, they can hardly be accused of over-reaching.

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irishelectionliterature - April 4, 2017

Doubt Delaney will have any qualms about taking his pay rise.

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sonofstan - April 4, 2017

It’s always difficult to justify Delaney.
Would be nice to see the lion of Saipan roar in with his support. – or indeed any of the senior male squad. Good on them though.

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2. roddy - April 4, 2017

Don’t know what all the fuss is about.In my youth my local GAA team( one of the best in Ireland at the time)played on a pitch that cattle had been on the day before.They togged out behind the hedge and slid through cows shite for the entire match.Their tracksuit was their Sunday clothes and the entire team would have spent half time smoking.This from a team that won 8 county championships,2 ulsters and an all ireland in a period from approx 1960 – 1972!

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Jim Monaghan - April 4, 2017

A touch of the great old days. In fact the GAA has been brilliant at giving to local clubs decent facilities. And this is good. http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/gaa-club-s-integration-policy-pays-off-in-ireland-s-most-ethnically-diverse-town-1.2237262 I would add that other codes are doing good stuff on integration. Welcome the New Irish.

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6to5against - April 5, 2017

My kid drifted from the GAA to soccer over the last few years. In 2/3 years with the GAA I was constantly discovering wonderful clubhouses hidden away in parts of Dublin I had thought I knew. In 3years with soccer, we have not once (literally) played anywhere with a clubhouse. Just public pitches.

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irishelectionliterature - April 5, 2017

Yeah, I think the GAA clubs are in general far more rooted in the community. There are exceptions of course.
Certainly at underage level in Soccer players can change team every year and often do, so there is little or no continuity with a club from players and of course parents too. If you are going from 6 to 18 with the same parents on the sideline you tend to get to know an awful lot of people at the club and in turn get involved in the club yourself.

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3. 6to5against - April 4, 2017

It seems to be an old fashioned union recognition struggle at its core. FAI saying they’ve never dealt with PFAI. Stephanie Roche was very good on the news earlier.
This could qualify as a sign of hope yet.

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sonofstan - April 4, 2017

According to the PFAI’s website, it negotiated the standard player’s contract with the league in 2007. The FAI took over the league in 2006.

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4. NollaigO - April 5, 2017

The late Tony Benn’s five questions would be appropiate for Mr. Delaney:

“In the course of my life I have developed five little democratic questions. If one meets a powerful person … ask them five questions:

(1) What power have you got?
(2) Where did you get it from?
(3) In whose interests do you exercise it?
(4) To whom are you accountable?
(5) And how can we get rid of you?”

If you cannot get rid of the people who govern you, you do not live in a democratic system.”

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5. GW - April 5, 2017

My knowledge of Irish soccer could be written on the back of a small envelope, but what international players get in this context seems shamefully little.

Fair play to them for going public and let’s hope they get a recognised union out of this.

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