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    Posted: 05 Mar 20 at 10:51am
I realise this is a potentially sensitive subject and I don't mean to open old wounds, but I was amused and bemused by the article on the front page about Northern Ireland sailors hoping to qualify for the Olympics.

Do NI athletes get to chose whether to represent the UK or the RoI? Do they have to pick in advance? They seem to be coached by the RYA NI, which seems an odd choice of name for a body developing RoI athletes.
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Given that NI is part of the UK and not part of the RoI I'd have said Team GB except that NI is not part of GB.......

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As far as I am aware all NI athletes are eligible to compete for the RoI, and have been for many, many years in the same way as NI citizens all have access to getting an Irish passport for decades if they want to. 
RYA NI must have to walk a fine line. On one hand they must be charged with helping develop sailors in NI as the RYA does in the other countries in the UK, but also be aware that they may choose to compete under RoI at the Games. I think it would be wrong if they didn't try to develop top sailors in NI and even if they do end up competing for RoI surely RYA-NI can claim some of that credit.
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Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t care less if some of the RYA’s top talent goes on to represent another country and I understand the situation in NI is complex. I would have thought though that the RYA would have stopped coaching them by now if the athlete has nailed their colours to a different selector?
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You still have to qualify to get into the Olympics, whichever country's flag you sail under.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Late starter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Mar 20 at 10:37am
Getting a bit off topic but a few of my friends who are UK born but with Irish parentage have applied for ROI passports recently. Not quite sure what the criteria is but a friend of mine who was born in the UK with an Irish father and British mother has been told she and her children (also born in the UK) are all eligible for an Irish passport. I'm guessing this might be quite a big number if the eligibility goes down to grandchildren of an Irish parent.
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Originally posted by 423zero

What is to gain by applying for a RoI passport ?

Seriously?
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Originally posted by 423zero

What is to gain by applying for a RoI passport ?

have you been under a rock for the past  4 years ? 


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