EQUALITY – Footballers of the Irish national team will receive the same salaries, the Irish Federation announced on Monday (August 30th).

“The Irish Football Association is proud to announce that players representing the senior women’s and men’s teams of the Republic of Ireland will receive the same match bonuses at international matches with immediate effect as part of ‘a revolutionary agreement for Irish sport,’ said the Federation in a statement.

To reach this agreement, the men’s team agreed to decrease the amount received by the players in each game, so that the Federation would use this amount to increase the salary paid to the players.

England, Brazil, Australia, Norway and New Zealand are among the countries that have publicly committed to paying players the same at international matches.

“It’s a big day for Irish football,” said Irish women’s captain Katie McCabe.

“We have taken a big step forward with this agreement and shown the world what can be achieved by being united, by offering the same opportunities to international players,” she said.

Everton defender Seamus Coleman (59 caps) said the Irish players were happy to help make the deal possible.

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

Equal pay will be implemented as of the international meetings in September, announced the Federation, specifying that the bonuses for qualifying tournaments would also be subject to this principle.

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