Date Released: 05 April 2017
Members of the Republic of Ireland women’s national football team have decided not to attend a Football Association of Ireland (FAI) training camp this afternoon (Wednesday 5th April) in Dublin.
PFA Ireland Player Executive, Ollie Cahill, said: “At a team meeting the members of the Women’s National Team decided that they are unfortunately unable to attend today's training camp.
“The players have not taken this decision lightly. The players wish to make clear that they simply want the FAI to respect their right to choose their own representatives and have all the outstanding issues which are affecting their ability to achieve their maximum potential for their country resolved in a swift, amicable and professional manner.”
He added: “The players would also like to thank the public and the global football community for the overwhelming level of support they have received in the past 24 hours. Messages of support have come in to the team from around the world and these have been greatly appreciated by the players.”
SIPTU Services Division Organiser, Ethel Buckley, said: “Members of the team and their PFA Ireland and SIPTU representatives will attend a meeting with a mediator to discuss the issues in this dispute, this evening at 6.00 p.m. It is our understanding that representatives of the FAI will also be meeting with the mediator.
“The players and their representatives are encouraged by a communication sent to team members today by the FAI inviting them to attend the mediation process along with their representatives.”