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Billy Weir

Irish FA might live to regret not giving Kieran Lucid's All Island plans a chance

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Glory night: Jason Hill helps Glentoran see off Drogheda in the Setanta Cup in 2008

Glory night: Jason Hill helps Glentoran see off Drogheda in the Setanta Cup in 2008

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Glory night: Jason Hill helps Glentoran see off Drogheda in the Setanta Cup in 2008

If you carefully cock your ear to one side and tilt your head slightly, there is the unmistakeable noise of bathwater containing a small child being poured down a drain.

The IFA, in their wisdom, has seemingly once and for all, kicked any talk of a new all-island league into touch and with it the chance to breathe new life into the game on both sides of the border.

The plans put forward by Kerry-based businessman Kieran Lucid weren't perfect, but they were a damned sight more lucid than anything that the IFA has to offer.