“I wish to propose a vote of congratulations to the Northern Ireland football team on their magnificent performance in the World Cup.”

Fascinating little snippet from the past (when only one team on the island was making it into international soccer finals). This in particular from one Senator Mallon:

It is a real example of what a lot of fire in the belly can do as opposed to the great odds that the Northern Ireland team faced. I have great pleasure in being associated with that motion.

Now, as you were

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