Sinn Fein’s petty approach prioritised politics above sport

DUP North Belfast MLA Phillip Brett has said that whilst most news outlets focused on the cost of building Casement Park as the Euro 2028 host announcement progressed, few noted the self-proclaimed “First Minister for all” and the Sinn Fein North Belfast absentee MP John Finucane opting to rename the bid from being the “UK and Ireland” to “Ireland and Britain”.

By Phillip Brett MLA

Belfast North

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Mr Brett said,

“John Finucane and Michelle O’Neill, in two tweets, reminded people that they don’t even recognise the constitutional reality of Northern Ireland being part of the United Kingdom. They want to be part of the “Northern Ireland Executive” but can barely utter the words “Northern Ireland”.

It is petty in the extreme to rename the bid. Britain means Scotland, England and Wales. The joint bid was by the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Michelle O’Neill and John Finucane demonstrated that the announcement was as much about politics as sport for Sinn Fein.

As the final announcement is due on Tuesday, Sinn Fein should show some maturity and recognise the actual name of the joint bid.

The Democratic Unionist Party will continue to support the UK and Ireland bid, but will do so on the basis of genuine equality and mutual respect."

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