Saturday 1 October 2016

POLL: Should 'God Save the Queen' be dropped for Northern Ireland sports events?

Published 14/01/2016 | 15:05

It's got its own flag, but should Northern Ireland have its own anthem?
It's got its own flag, but should Northern Ireland have its own anthem?

Westminster MPs are to debate a motion calling for England sports teams to have a new national anthem instead of the 'God Save the Queen'.

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'God Save the Queen', the UK’s national anthem, is usually used to represent English teams and athletes during competitions.

MP Toby Perkins believes England should have its own anthem - given how Wales and Scotland have their own - with the Bill he proposed due to be debated in Parliament.

Perkins insists he has no major issue with ‘God Save the Queen’, it’s just it is the national anthem of the UK and not England.

Already the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games team, ‘Danny Boy’ is their official anthem and 'Ireland's Call' is played ahead of the rugby team's games.

Only a few years ago Northern Ireland football legend Gerry Armstrong was commissioned to conduct an investigation to see if the changing of 'God Save the Queen' would prevent players from the nationalist community from opting for the Republic of Ireland.

The overwhelming response was that changing the anthem would not persuade them to stay with Northern Ireland.

The English National Anthem Bill on paper has nothing to do with Northern Ireland but, as the Irish FA concede, it’s very unlikely Northern Ireland would continue with 'God Save the Queen' if they were the only country from the UK left using it ahead of international fixtures.

Do you think ‘God Save the Queen’ be dropped for Northern Ireland sports events?

Belfast Telegraph

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