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Female GAA players to receive same Government funding as male counterparts

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

12:50 10 May 2021

Female GAA players will receive the same amount of funding as their male counterparts, according to the Minister of State for Sport.

Jack Chambers has confirmed that state funding for female players is set to treble this year.

As things stand, male players receive €1,200 from the state while female players only get €400.

"I can't stand over or defend that inequality," Minister Chambers told RTE on Monday morning.

"We're in 2021 and this year we've seen the GPA and WGPA has merged, underpinned by the message of equality.

"I think that principle has to stand when it comes to the funding of our players.

"I propose €1,200 for both and I think that is the right thing to do.

"We've seen massive growth in ladies football and camogie in the last 20 years.

"For all of our young women and girls playing gaelic football, we need to make sure there is no artificial glass ceiling when it comes to sport.

"I'm serious about rectifying that. It is absolutely important we have parity of esteem and equality when it comes to funding.

"I am going to do that this year. Incremental progress, when there is such inequality, isn't enough.

“We'll be trebling the amount on the women's side, it'll go up to about €2.4m.

"There are slightly less female inter-county players than male but there will be equality in terms of the average of what both get and will both equate to €1,200. That is the right thing to do.

“It is important for any girl that wants to play for their county that they get that equality of treatment when it comes to state funding.

"It will enable us to support the welfare of teams in a greater way and also help players around their expenses."

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