Sinn Féin spokesperson on Arts, Heritage, Tourism and Sport Sandra McLellan TD has today demanded that women's soccer must not be relegated to the bottom of the FAI’s priority list.
Responding to reports in today's papers that there are serious funding problems in women's soccer, Deputy McLellan said:
"We must be encouraging women and girls into all sport. Katie Taylor's Olympic success proves yet again that Irish women are as good as the best in the world.
"Today's report that the FAI are failing women is very frustrating.
“To discriminate against women and girls is unacceptable. The FAI must ensure that everyone receives their fair share of funding and resources. We see the benefits of properly funded women's soccer in the US."
"The US women's soccer team have become the success story of international soccer in recent years.
"Minister for Sport, Michael Ring TD, has an important role to play in this. He must ensure that funding is targeted so that women and girls can fully participate in soccer right up to international level.
“We can not afford to lose talented players at this level. It would not be allowed happen in men's soccer, it is unacceptable to allow it happen in women's soccer.
"I am calling on Minister Ring to give a commitment to work with the FAI to help tackle this problem head on."