EURO 2016

Confirmed: Fanzone to watch the France game to be set up in Dublin

The fanzone in Belfast's Titanic Quarter has been a huge success
The fanzone in Belfast's Titanic Quarter has been a huge success

The Government is to examine the possibility of setting up a public fanzone in Dublin City Centre where supporters can cheer on the Boys in Green during their crunch Euros match against France.

UPDATE: 14.41: Dublin City councillor Rebecca Moynihan has confirmed that a large public viewing space for the game will be set up in Smithfield

The event could see thousands of Irish fans take to the streets of the capital for one of the biggest soccer matches in the country's history.

The news came as politicians took to the floor of the Dáil to send their congratulations to Martin O'Neill's team after their historic win against the Italians in Lille last night.

During Leaders Questions in the Dáil, Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin asked Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald if a fanzone could be set up for the match on Sunday.

Mr Howlin gave the example of the event held in Dublin Castle last summer for the marriage equality referendum results.

Ms Fitzgerald: "Government can certainly approach the relevant bodies, we handled the public screening of the results of the marriage equality referendum very well in Dublin Castle so I'm sure that can be replicated."

Fianna Fail's finance spokesman Michael McGrath led the congratulations to the Irish team on their "tremendous victory" against Italy in Lille.

"They have done us proud as indeed have the fans over the last number of weeks and wish them all the best in the last 16 game and Northern Ireland as well," Mr McGrath added.

Ms Fitzgerald also wished the team well in the next round after their "momentous win" against the Italians thanks to Robbie Brady's header in the dying minutes of the game.

"I think the match and that goal will rank right up there with the best of our memories of Irish soccer. And well done to Martin, Roy, Robbie and the entire team and of course the fans who I think everyone will agree have done us proud and lifted all our spirits," she said.

Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald also praised both the Ireland and Northern Ireland teams after their successes in the Euros

"I wish too to acknowledge the boys in green and congratulate them and the management on their historic victory. Also, to recognise the girls and and boys in green on the terraces in our fans. Isn't it something we have two Irish teams qualifying now for the final 16. Let's imagine what we could achieve when we have a single Irish soccer team.

"I have no doubt we would run rings around them and win all round us," she said.