Dublin ladies footballer Sinead Goldrick has voiced her admiration of the recent stance taken by the Republic of Ireland women’s national team.
A number of players went public with their unhappiness with the way they were treated while on international duty.
Among the issues raised at a press conference held in Liberty Hall last month was the lack of payment when playing for Ireland, with players often left with no choice but to take unpaid leave from work to represent her country.
They also used the media to highlight the "humiliating" aspect of having to change in public toilets, with training gear and tracksuits shared with underage international teams.
"I was watching it and I watched the press conference and I was looking at the girls and I felt they didn’t want to be in that position," Goldrick told 98FM Sport.
"They just felt there was an injustice. I do respect what they did there, they continued playing on and they won their next game I just really hope they get the kind of standards after putting down the marker.
"I’m not too sure what happened in the background but as players no-one wants to be in that position.
“I think they probably weren't getting anywhere and felt that was their only option. Personally looking at from the outside I had huge respect for what those players did.”
Sinead Goldrick was in Bluebell Community Centre today at the AIG Heroes event. The AIG Heroes initiative is part of the insurance company's community engagement programme and is designed to give support to local communities by leveraging their sporting sponsorships to provide positive role models and build confidence for young people.
More information at www.aig.ie.