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Northern Ireland First Minister Foster sanctions 'go home early day' for Germany Euro 2016 clash

Foster appeals to goodwill of bosses to give Green and White Army leave to cheer on Michael O'Neill's men

By Jonny Bell

First Minister Arlene Foster has urged Northern Ireland bosses to let their workers home early for today's crucial Euro 2016 Northern Ireland v Germany clash.

First Minister 'Arls' called into Q Radio's Breakfast show with Stephen Clements and Cate Conway on Tuesday morning.


She was asked if she could sanction a national 'go home early day' for those in the Green and White Army stuck in work and facing the prospect of missing the 5pm kick-off.

She said: "We have been trying to drive up productivity in Northern Ireland - so it's a big ask.

"But I thing we can make an exception for today.

"I would just appeal to the good will of the employers of Northern Ireland to think about their workforce tonight and let them go a little bit earlier."

Michael O'Neill's men face a date with destiny against the world champions. Win and they progress to the knock-out stage. Draw or a narrow lose and they still stand a good chance of progression.


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