So it raises the question here in Ireland, Should foreign players be allowed play in the National Championships in their respective sports? I have always believed that if a foreign player wishes to play in Open tournaments then that is completely fine, however if they wish to
participate in the National Championships they should have a passport belonging to that country or have lived in the country for atleast 5 years providing an address and tax certificate. I would expect the same format for myself if I was living abroad. For example I know of someone who is a french citizen and has lived in Ireland for over 14 years, does not have an Irish passport (its costs €1000) and so cannot vote in a general election. That's insane.
They have lived here and paid taxes and CANNOT VOTE in a general election. Maybe we need to look at changing the name NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS to IRISH OPEN and then everyone can play. This is a government issue and needs to be resolved so we all know where we stand. Jack Wilshere has raised a valid point.