FINE GAEL SENATOR Catherine Noone has called for the establishment of an all Ireland soccer team, echoing the sentiment expressed by Sinn Féin at the party’s Ard Fhéis last month.
Yesterday, Noone said she believed that now was the perfect time for the issue to be considered, as the Republic of Ireland is currently preparing for the Euro 2012 campaign and because of rumours about the Republic possibly co-hosting Euro 2020. She added that players from both Northern Ireland and the Republic had “already proven that they can collaborate and thrive with an all-island rugby team”.
In May, Sinn Féin TD Sandra McLellan similarly told delegates: “Other sports have shown maturity and rationale, it’s a pity that soccer does not learn from other sports when one team represents Ireland in such sports like rugby, cricket and international rules.”
What do you think – would you like to see an all Ireland soccer team?