People from Northern Ireland shouldn't be able to play for the Irish Rugby Squad
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I do not see why they should be allowed, people from Northern Ireland have different passports, and their nationality is considered different.
The only acceptable case should be if one of someone from Northern Ireland's parents were from the Republic of Ireland. Northern Irish people do not play for our football (soccer) or hockey squads.
Northern Ireland's teams are small scale as is their tiny pipsqueak of a 'nation'. They are ultimately irish by nature.
England wanted Northern Ireland, let them have them.
If you have no Irish relations and grow up in a full English house in Northern Ireland, you shouldnt be allowed play for a country you have nothing to do with besides the fact your ancestors fought with some pitchforks over it
What if they are better than others int he irish team? What if the team begs to have them and they beg to play for the team? Who loses out? After all the rest of UK is overseas, Ireland is just a car-dive away.
What if France's players are better than Spain's?
And if a player from Northern Ireland got the chance to go to England and play at professional level, and get paid to play a game they love, why not? In all club sports like soccer, the players could be playing for a club in Australia and also play on their National Team in Italy. It applies in rugby too.
IRish are irish. Northern Ireland is part of UK not GB.
Doesn't make a difference.
yes it does.
All those years ago, when the treaty was signed that Northern Ireland was under the rule of the English Monarchy, England wanted them (Why, nobody knows), but then hundreds of thousands of people were planted in Northern Ireland from the UK. Many people in Northern Ireland are fully English. If you are half-Irish, fair enough, but if you are fully English, why should you play for our country?
Northern ireland is a torn nation. Let them enjoy the fruits of being torn :) It's the least one could do.
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Vote Placed by iamnotwhoiam 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro doesn't make a practical or moral case, just relies on political division. This hardly seals the case for sporting ties. However, Con doesn't even debate. Just one liners. No-one made a decent case here. Tied up.
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