Ógra Shinn Féin
Ireland should have one united soccer team.
BBC Spotlight (Tues 29 Feb) has hopefully re-ignited this important sporting issue. I hope common sense prevails and football fans across Ireland realise that the best way forward for international soccer in Ireland is to have one national team.
This has been a long running debate, one which many footballing greats have opined on, including George Best who supported the creation of an All Ireland team.
Other sports have shown maturity and rationale, and created truly national teams, including Rugby, Cricket, and International Rules.
Ireland is a small nation, and in order to truly compete in an international arena, they must utilise a full pool of talented players.
A coming together of the 2 current partitioned teams will ensure a more competitive team and undoubtedly silverware for Irish soccer and more joy for the fans.
The programme also touched on the possibility of an All Ireland soccer league, with the general point being made that the majority of teams North and South would actually support this idea.
An All Ireland Soccer team is something which Ógra Shinn Féin has continually called for since its formation.
In the spirit of national reconciliation and the need for Irish soccer to compete on an International stage, we would urge everyone across Ireland to support the call for a 32 County National Team.