Sinn Féin TD calls for an all-Ireland soccer team
It's a pivotal juncture in Irish football right now.
Yesterday, the FAI confirmed that Martin O'Neill had parted ways with the organisation by mutual consent after coaching the national side for five years.
A slew of poor results had put pressure on O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane over the course of 2018. The FAI further confirmed that they would be meeting "promptly" to find a new manager.
However, Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has renewed calls for an all-Ireland soccer team.
Speaking on Thursday, Doherty said, "We already have all-island teams that demonstrate that we can achieve great success when we work on an all-island basis.
"The departure of Martin O’Neill as manager of the Ireland soccer team yesterday has been a major talking point. The past year has not been an easy one for Irish soccer fans and I want to say that Irish teams are stronger and better when they are all-Ireland teams."
Doherty gave the example of all-Ireland teams in sports such as rugby, cricket and hockey, saying "The fantastic result of the Irish rugby team against New Zealand at the weekend is just one example."
Northern Ireland the Republic of Ireland played out a scoreless draw last week. Northern Ireland, who are coached by Michael O'Neill, also qualified for Euro 2016 and failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. They also finished bottom of their UEFA Nations League group without a single point.