“”However, the commitment shown by top level female GAA players is on a par with their male counterparts. With this in mind we feel that our players should be included in a similar grants scheme to recognise the outstanding contribution that they make to our national sport and to meet the additional cost and expenses that they incur when competing at the highest level.””
Howard went on to say, “”We have an excellent relationship with the Irish Sports Council and we are conscious that they have always been well balanced in their distribution of Government grants to both males and females throughout Irish sport.
“”We hope that, given the level of inclusiveness that has always been present in the ISC, we can come to an agreement that will also recognise the contribution and needs of our top female GAA players. We will be in touch with Minister Brennan on this subject over the coming weeks and we will expect a positive outcome””.