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Euro 2016: Will Sinn Fein's McGuinness and DUP's Foster attend Northern Ireland's games in France together?

Published 08/06/2016

Martin McGuinnes and Arlene Foster are said to both be attending games but it's not known if they will attend the same ones.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Martin McGuinnes and Arlene Foster are said to both be attending games but it's not known if they will attend the same ones. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Will Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster attend Northern Ireland's matches in France together?

It's just four days to go until Northern Ireland kick-off their opening game at the Euro 2016 tournament against Poland in Nice.

Seats have been reserved at each game for the government of the playing teams.

Northern Ireland 's First and Deputy First Minister have been given open invitations to all three of Northern Ireland's group games in Nice, Lyon and Paris.

Last week Martin McGuinness said he was in favour of attending both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland matches alongside the DUP leader.

It has been reported that they will both attend matches - but it is not yet clear whether they will be the same games.

Mr McGuinness told BBC Radio Ulster’s Inside Politics programme he thinks it would be a "good idea".

He said: "I would like very much, if Arlene and I did it, to attend the Republic’s match and to also take in a match with the Northern Ireland team.

“I’d be very much willing to participate in that. I think it would be a good idea.

“It would also, I think, be welcomed by the overwhelming majority of fans who are approaching what I think is going to be a very exciting soccer tournament with some considerable excitement themselves, recognising that there is an opportunity to support two teams from the island."

The Office of the First and Deputy First Minister have been contacted for a response.

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