PFA Ireland is the players’ union for players who ply their trade in the League of Ireland. PFA Ireland is solely a player-based organisation and it will always put the best interests of the players first.
PFA Ireland is a member of FIFPro, the World Players’ Union. PFA Ireland is also a section of SIPTU Services Division, so any problems the Association deals with on the players’ behalf will also have the backing of these two organisations.
PFA Ireland's core Union work involves direct contact with current and former members providing advice, assistance and representation.
PFA Ireland's Management Committee is made up of past and present League of Ireland players and it is formed once a year at the annual general meeting.
PFA Ireland 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.
PFA Ireland 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 PFA Ireland, with Sharon Smith joining as Office Co-ordinator in 2003. Stephen McGuinness took over the reins as General Secretary in 2007.
PFA Ireland, 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.
PFA Ireland moved into brand new state of the art offices in the National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin 15 in January 2008, and in 2009, PFA Ireland increased its full-time staff as Ollie Cahill joined the team as Delegate Liaison Officer.