Female gaelic games players will receive the same amount of funding as their male counterparts, Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers confirmed this morning.

Under the current model, male players receive €1,200 from the state while female players just €400.

A total of €3.7m was paid out by the Government to support Gaelic games players last year, with €3m being made available for male players and teams, and €700,000 for female players and teams.

The allocation for females will now be trebled while the male amount will remain the same.

Speaking on Today with Claire Byrne, Minister Chambers said' "I can't stand over or defend that inequality.

"We're in 2021 and this year we've seen the GPA and WGPA has merged, underpinned by the message of equality. I think that principle has to stand when it comes to the funding of our players.

"I propose €1,200 for both and I think that is the right thing to do. We've seen massive growth in ladies football and camogie in the last 20 years.

"For all of our young women and girls playing Gaelic football, we need to make sure there is no artificial glass ceiling when it comes to sport.

"I'm serious about rectifying that.

"It is absolutely important we have parity of esteem and equality when it comes to funding. I'm going to do it this year.

"Incremental progress when there is such inequality isn't enough."

The total funding from the government to GAA players will rise to €5.3m overall.

Reacting to the news, GPA interim chief executive Ciarán Barr said: "With the merger of the GPA and WGPA the pillar of equality was added to the GPA constitution.

"We want to achieve equality of investment, recognition and opportunity for our female members and it is heartening that our public representatives have responded so positively to that position.

"Today's announcement also shows that when players speak collectively with one voice through the GPA, really constructive and impactful change can come about."