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Billy Weir

Is now not a perfect time to take a serious look at the structure of local football and some form of new cross-border competition?

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All-Ireland champions: Linfield players and officials celebrate their defeat of Shelbourne in the 2005 Setanta Cup final

All-Ireland champions: Linfield players and officials celebrate their defeat of Shelbourne in the 2005 Setanta Cup final

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Declan Caddell and Sean O’Neill celebrate Crusaders’ Setanta Cup victory over Derry City back in 2012

Declan Caddell and Sean O’Neill celebrate Crusaders’ Setanta Cup victory over Derry City back in 2012

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All-Ireland champions: Linfield players and officials celebrate their defeat of Shelbourne in the 2005 Setanta Cup final

It is a very rare occurrence that my curiosity is suddenly pricked by a politician.

I would very much be in the Billy Connolly camp when it comes to those who hanker for the hustings, in that the desire to be a politician, of whatever colour, creed or level of cretinism, should automatically bar anyone from ever becoming one.

So when I heard that Sinn Fein's Martina Anderson was teaming up with Derry City and Crusaders, another of my pet hates was poked with a pointy stick - politicians getting involved in sport.


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