Tuesday, 07 July 2009 10:50
The PFAI has represented players in the League of Ireland since its formation in 1961 and through experience has gained the knowledge of knowing how to look after the most important people in the league – the players.

The PFAI was set-up and run as a part-time organisation up until 2002 when funding from FIFPro, the World Players' Union, and office space from SIPTU enabled the Association to operate a full-time basis in Parnell Square, Dublin 1.  Also in 2002, Fran Gavin became the first full-time General Secretary of the PFAI, with Sharon Smith joining as Office Co-ordinator in 2003.  Stephen McGuinness took over the reins as General Secretary in 2007.

The PFAI, after seven years of hard negotiating with the League, was successful in the introduction of a Standard Players Contract in 2007.  We consider this as one of our biggest achievements to date.  We are currently working towards a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The PFAI moved into brand new state of the art offices in the National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin 15 in January 2008 and in 2009 the PFAI increased its full-time staff as Ollie Cahill joined the team as Delegate Liaison Officer.