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Ireland's call

• Paul Kelly (Letters, June 8) in relation to the name used by the FAI for the Irish soccer team, states "Ireland, sadly, is a geographical location only. There is no political entity called Ireland".

This is incorrect, the Constitution of Ireland clearly states in Article 4: "The name of the State is Eire, or, in the English language, Ireland."

Therefore, 'Ireland' is the correct name for our 26-county State.

There is no entity called the Republic of Ireland. Also there should be no identity problem in calling the Irish team 'Ireland' as it uniquely identifies itself as different from the Northern Ireland team which is called "Northern Ireland".

John Bellew
Paughanstown, Dunleer,
Co Louth

Irish Independent