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McGuinness welcomes FIFA passport move

19 June, 2006


Sinn Féin MP Martin McGuinness has welcomed the news that FIFA are to recognise the unique constitutional position regarding the six counties and are to withdraw their demand that people wishing to play for IFA teams had to hold British passports.

Mr McGuinness said:

"When this issue first became an obvious problem I made representations to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin seeking that they intervene with FIFA to see the ridiculous ruling regarding British passports was overturned in recognition of the unique constitutional position regarding the six counties.

"I am happy that it now appears that FIFA are to recognise the demands of the Good Friday Agreement , which is after all an international treaty, in relation to citizenship in the six counties and the right for people to hold Irish passports and citizenship." ENDS

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