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Sunday 17 December 2017

Dublin captain Sinead hits out at 'frustrating' inequality for women

Sinead with David at the 2014 Ladies GAA All-Star Awards at the Citywest Hotel (Kieran Harnett)
Sinead with David at the 2014 Ladies GAA All-Star Awards at the Citywest Hotel (Kieran Harnett)

The captain of the Dublin ladies GAA team has described the inequality between the men and women's game as "frustrating".

Sinead Goldrick, who led the Jackies to an All-Ireland final in Croke Park last year, has said travel expenses, food after games and training facilities are issues that need to be addressed in the ladies game.

The GAA star, who is in a relationship with Dublin hurler David Treacy, said her male counterparts are treated better when it comes to free gym membership and petrol expenses.

"As a player, it is frustrating when you see the differences between the men and women's game," Sinead told the Herald.

Treated

"You feel that you are putting the same amount of commitment in, you are taking care of yourself on and off the field. So when you look at it in black and white, we aren't being treated the way we should be.

"The lads deserve everything they get, it's not about us against them - it's just about recognising that we should be able to have food after training, gym membership and also petrol and expenses going out to training.

"I would often travel from Cabinteely out to DCU four or five times per week and don't get any expenses," she added. "We are lucky that we have a training venue in DCU so we are looked after in that way.

"But you are expected as a player to have your own food so if you're working all day and going straight to training that can be difficult sometimes."

Sinead is calling on employers across Ireland to sign up for National Workplace Wellbeing Day on April 8, and take part in the 'Lunchtime Mile'.

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