Sinn Féin councillor Cathal McLaughlin has called on Irish rail service Iarnród Éireann to open up a competition they are holding for tickets to the European soccer championships to Irish people from all of Ireland. The competition for tickets to two of the Irish team’s games in June and free rail travel through Europe to Poland is only open to residents in the 26-counties.
Colr. McLaughlin, who says he is a keen sportsman who plays both Gaelic football and soccer, said: “This is inherently unfair and partitionist. There are not only thousands of supporters from the North that follow the Irish team but Iarnród Éireann also receives business from many people in the six-counties.
“The fact that some of the players in the Irish team hail from within the North also highlights the absurdity of ruling out residents in this part of Ireland. I will be bringing these views to the attention of Iarnród Éireann as soon as possible and they should see sense and revise the rules of the competition to include residents from all of Ireland.”