The Irish government would support the creation of a football team for all islands, said the junior sports minister.

Jack Chambers said that an inter-island team had the potential to improve relations on both sides of the border and that he would be happy to help the Irish Football Association (FAI) and the Irish Football Association (IFA) in the north start it.

“Organizing the sport across an island has proven very successful in a number of sports, particularly rugby and hockey,” he said. “I very much support cross-border sport initiatives and collaborations between sport organizations.”

However, Chambers said such proposals would have to come from the FAI and the IFA.

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