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The decision to pay the Republic of Ireland men's and women's teams the same match fees has been described as "huge" by forward Stephanie Roche.
The Republic men's fees will be reduced with the FAI matching that contribution to level the match payments. This is about parity, for years one group has been paid and one not. We all work hard for our country when we play and this shows that the FAI care and they want to improve the standard of women's football. Four years ago, the Republic of Ireland women's team threatened to go on strike in a protest over treatment by the FAI which led to a World Cup qualifier being in doubt.
The players' gripes back in included fury over having to change in public toilets on the way to matches and a representative of the players said that they were being treated as "fifth-class citizens, the dirt on the FAI's shoe". However, relations between the women's squad and the football governing body have improved massively since then, with Monday's deal having being brokered by FAI chief executive Jonathan Hill and players' advisor Ciaran Medlar.
Roche, who has been part of the international set-up sincesays the recent progress made by the FAI is the result of "a lot of little steps behind the scenes. We thought they might think we were asking for too much," recalled the year-old. Back then it was seen as a privilege to play for your country. God forbid you ask for a better standard. It shows how far it has come. It is really appreciated. Men's captain Coleman said that the "deal is the right one for everyone who plays international football for Ireland".
Republic captains Seamus Coleman and Katie McCabe were both involved in the talks which led to Monday's announcement The decision to pay the Republic of Ireland men's and women's teams the same match fees has been described as "huge" by forward Stephanie Roche.
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