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Minister Flanagan expresses pride at performance of Republic of Ireland football team


The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, has expressed his pride at the performance of the Republic of Ireland team at the European Football Championships in France, and congratulated them on helping to make it a memorable tournament.

He said:

“The Irish team and its fantastic supporters have done the nation proud, and represented us abroad in the best possible way. The ‘can-do’ spirit of the team, and the remarkable friendliness and bonhomie of the Irish supporters has made them every other country’s second team at this championship.

“Their achievement in beating Italy, reaching the knockout stages, and taking on the host nation cannot be underestimated.

“In tandem with the achievements of Northern Ireland, this tournament has given Irish supporters North and South memories to treasure for many years to come. The supporters of both teams excelled themselves as ambassadors for this island, and it was a great source of pride to see that every French city had the welcome sign out for the Irish supporters.”

26 JUNE 2016