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Ireland's call

• Yes, here we go into another major football competition and the Irish team will once again be annoyingly referred to, by the FAI, FIFA, the Irish Government, RTE and just about every other news medium, as 'The Republic of Ireland'!

I find it extremely offensive as an Irishman that our team should be so referred to in this way. The proper and official name of this country is "Ireland"; yes, it is a republic but by description only, check the Act in question if you will.

Who has ever heard the English team being referred to as 'The Kingdom of England'?

Dermot Curran
Buncrana, Co Donegal

Irish Independent