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McLellan congratulates Irish soccer team on European qualification

16 November, 2011

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on sport, Cork East TD Sandra McLellan, has congratulated the Irish soccer team on their successful qualification for the Euro 2012 Championships in Poland/Ukraine.

Speaking after Ireland's 5-1 aggregate play-off win over Estonia Deputy McLellan said:

“I want to congratulate the squad of players, the management team and all of the supporters on their tremendous achievement. Last night’s result was fantastic for Ireland.

“The 1-1 result was the culmination of a gruelling qualification campaign which began over a year and a half ago. In that time the Irish team has put in some sterling performances full of skill, determination and commitment.

“It is a real lift for the whole country and gives us something special to look forward to next summer, when we’ll compete amongst the best teams in Europe for the first time in twenty four years. I'm sure thousands of dedicated fans will be planning their trips already.

“A lot of people will have very fond memories of our last outing in the European Championships in 1988 and hope that we can replicate some of those performances in Poland/Ukraine.” ENDS

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