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26th Mar 2023

“The girls and women in Cavan deserve to have promises kept” – Cavan ladies go on strike

Niall McIntyre

The Cavan ladies football team have pulled out of their National League Division Two game against Tyrone this afternoon.

The team spoke out this week over an ongoing dispute with their county board. The dispute has taken place over player welfare and expenses issues and they issued a statement on Sunday morning to say that they won’t play until it has been fully resolved.

“As you are most likely aware,” read their statement, “a written agreement that we signed up to in good faith with our county board has not been honoured.”

“We have made numerous attempts to have the minimum standards set out in the agreement adhered to but unfortunately this has not happened.

“While there has been positive engagement since the issues involved were brought to light, we now want to see it backed up by action and these minimum standards finally implemented.

“We are not prepared to play until the issues have been fully resolved as we have been let down as regards promises and commitments previously.

“We communicated our position to the County Board Executive yesterday. We have subsequently been informed and are aware of the potential consequences of not playing.

“We want what’s best for ourselves and girls playing club football in Cavan now who will some day line out for our county.

“The girls and women in Cavan deserve to have promises kept and to be treated with respect. It’s imperative we protect those who are most vulnerable, including student members of our squad.

“We are proud to represent our county and pull on the Cavan jersey. Taking a decision to withdraw from a game is not something we do lightly. However, given the current circumstances, we feel we do not have any other option.”

“We hope you, the clubs and supporters of Cavan ladies football will understand our decision.”

“We hope the issues can be resolved to help us get back to what we want to do, to represent our great county.”

“We apologise to our fellow Tyrone players for any inconvenience caused.”

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