Slugger O'Toole

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“Residents also protested outside the local Sinn Féin offices…”

Sun 26 January 2014, 5:03pm

Tweet As the BBC reports, local residents have continued their protest against the planned £70million redevelopment of Casement Park in west Belfast.  From the UTV report Around 100 residents took part in a demonstration on Saturday afternoon. They say they are now considering taking legal action. One woman said: “The main thing is the height […] more »

Culture Minister faces down IFA over reappointment of Martin…

Wed 11 September 2013, 9:28am

Tweet Well, I have to say our ministers don’t have a lot of power to act effectively on their own, but Carál Ní Chuilín was adamant yesterday in the Assembly that her department was not going to back down over her refusal to allow funding to the Irish Football Association for the redevelopment of Windsor […] more »

Attwood announces a new Windsor Park…

Wed 20 February 2013, 12:11pm

Tweet At £25m, it’s one of the more modest projects, but no doubt none the less welcome for that.. Perhaps the weekend’s evidence of some rapprochement between rival supporters under unreasonable and external sectarian pressure, may herald a better future for NI soccer generally [no sniggering at the back!]. more »

#Euro2020: Professor McWilliams open letter from Northern Ireland to the Faroe Islands…

Thu 17 May 2012, 11:03am

Tweet Having made a expression of interest in hosting Euro 2020, the FAI, SFA and WFA are not actually committed to bid and presumably won’t until they work out: 1, whether even together they can afford it; 2, whether they have even a pup’s chance of getting before spending a penny on any prospective campaign. […] more »

Northern Ireland soccer represents ‘British’ Northern Ireland, not, erm Northern Ireland

Thu 2 June 2011, 8:34am

Tweet I’m not a fan of the rule change that means players who grow up in Northern Ireland rising through facilities paid for by the IFA now have the right to designate as FAI players at internatinonal level. Somehow the GFA got enrolled to convince FIFA that it was okay because of the Belfast Agreement. […] more »

That’s the end of that

Wed 6 October 2010, 2:08pm

Tweet Back in July Chris noted the CAS dismissal of the IFA case over Daniel Kearns representing the Republic. At that point only a brief press release was available. As this finally ends any doubts on player eligibility and for completeness – here, at last, is the full CAS judgement and the arguments presented. more »

IFA: Court case for Irish, ‘understanding’ for English

Wed 29 September 2010, 9:39pm

Tweet One thing Slugger loves is a blog on football allegiances, so here you go… Today English teenager Adam Barton withdrew from the northern ireland football squad facing Italy and the Faroe Islands in the European qualifiers. Yesterday the north’s manager had declared: If players don’t want to represent Northern Ireland, it doesn’t matter how […] more »

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