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Irish League referee and NIRA chief negotiator Raymond Crangle

Irish League referee and NIRA chief negotiator Raymond Crangle

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Irish League referee and NIRA chief negotiator Raymond Crangle

The Irish FA this week rubber-stamped a pay rise for domestic officials following negotiations with the Northern Ireland Referees’ Association (NIRA).

Officials at all levels will receive wage increases of varying degrees at all levels of the game over a four-year cycle.

Senior referees currently earn £180 per game and this will increase to £190 for the next two years then £200 for the following two years.

Assistant referees will see their rate rise from £95 per match to £100 for two years, then £105 for the next two seasons.

Championship refs will receive £100 per game over the four-year cycle with assistants at that level receiving £50 and there are also increases at Intermediate and Junior levels.

“We have been working on this for about 16 months and we are delighted to have reached a successful conclusion”, said NIRA chief negotiator Raymond Crangle.

“We feel after talks that we have come to an agreement that is to the satisfaction of all parties — the officials, the IFA and the clubs, and I thank IFA President David Martin for his professional assistance.

“The IFA has also agreed a yearly retainer of £425 for senior referees and £275 for senior assistants by way of recompense for time spent at meetings, using the Comet system and all the aspects away from the game itself.

“We have listened to clubs and, as part of this new deal, in round two of the League Cup and round five of the Irish Cup, seniors referees will be paid a Championship fee for those games in order to help out some of the smaller clubs with costs at that stage.”

Belfast Telegraph