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Enda Kenny proposes all-Ireland soccer team

The Northern Ireland and Ireland teams last faced each other in 2011. Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
The Northern Ireland and Ireland teams last faced each other in 2011. Photo-William Cherry/Presseye

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has proposed the creation of an all-Ireland soccer team to play charity games against England, alternately in Wembley and Croke Park.

Mr Kenny opened up the possibility of the likes of the Republic’s John O’Shea  linking up with and this former Manchester United playing partner, Jonny Evans, of the North

The Taoiseach was speaking at a sports reconciliation conference in Armagh.

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He caused surprise when he mentioned the idea, adding that the money raised from the games could be used to help fund new children’s hospitals in Dublin and Belfast.

First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness were also at the conference which was organised by the GAA, the Irish Football Association and the Ulster Rugby Football Union.

Irishman Roy Keane and Northern Irishman Martin O'Neill will manage the Republic of Ireland national side
Irishman Roy Keane and Northern Irishman Martin O’Neill will manage the Republic of Ireland national side

The Taoiseach said: “It’s just a thought. It might be something that could become a reality.”

Mr Kenny made clear that he did not believe the creation of a permanent all-Ireland soccer team was currently possible, but that charity games were feasible.

He added: “We have two children’s hospitals in Belfast and Dublin. Wouldn’t it be wonderful when you can’t have all-Ireland soccer teams playing in international competitions that perhaps on a biannual basis there would be a charity match played in Ireland and in England.”

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5 comments on “Enda Kenny proposes all-Ireland soccer team”

  1. donie brady

    Kenny talking rubbish as usual dont understand NI.

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    • gl1965

      Donie you seem to know norn irn. Expand a little to show me some of your wisdom.

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  2. cecel ethos

    NI doesn't understand NI

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  3. Patrick Doody

    Your photo caption states "Irishman Roy Keane and Northern Irishman Martin o'neil". Come along IP i thought you could do better than this, they are both IRISHMEN are they not?

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    • gl1965

      Fair comment. Not sure martin o'neill would consider himself a 'northern irishman'. Not sure ip understands. Maybe ' north of ireland' man would help here.

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