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The Republic of Ireland women's team has reached an agreement to receive improved conditions after a public outcry about how they are treated.

Aine O’Gorman, who has played 88 times for the team, had told how she and her teammates could not afford to attend some matches and had to change in airport toilets and share tracksuits.

The Professional Footballers Association of Ireland helped the team reach a deal with the Football Association of Ireland that addresses its complaints and ends the prospect of an April 10 strike for a game against Slovakia.

“We’d like to thank the public for getting behind our union and supporting these inspirational women,” the PFAI said in a statement read out by union representative Ollie Cahill.

O’Gorman recently visited FIFPro’s offices near Amsterdam with PFAI officials to speak with women players from Scotland, the U.S., Germany, Sweden, Croatia and the Netherlands to discuss the difficulties some of them face.

"Essentially, we're paying to play for our country," O'Gorman, 27, told FIFPro. "We have to take days off to work for the national team but we're not reimbursed. In 2016, I was away with the national team for more than 40 days.

“It's a great honour to play for your country, you shouldn't be out of pocket to do so. People have lives, houses, and they need to feed themselves," said O'Gorman, who has a full-time job as a personal trainer.

Women players such as Chelsea’s Hedvig Lindahl and Atletico Madrid's Marta Corredera have given messages of support to the Irish players in recent days.

FIFPro is currently conducting a survey of more than 1,000 women footballers around the world on issues including pay and medical support.

 

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