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Minister says Irish team and supporters will encourage more people to visit Ireland after Euro 2016

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Minister says Irish team and supporters will encourage more people to visit Ireland after Euro 2016

Minister Shane Ross has said he believes the Irish team and supporters will encourage more people to visit Ireland after their Euro 2016 performance.

“What’s happened in the last few days of course in terms of tourism we are expecting Brexit to affect it adversely,” he said.

“But the extraordinary way these guys have behaved, these fans have carried themselves impeccably, they have carried the Irish flag with dignity and with honour .

“All the matches I have been to, they are all talking about the fans as much as they are talking about the players and I believe, that they are going to bring in a large number of tourists.”

Thousands of Irish soccer fans are in Lyon for today's Euro 2016 last 16 match against host nation France.

Hundreds of thousands more will be watching the match here at home.

Special screenings are taking place across the country and there's a special family friendly fanzone in Smithfield in Dublin City Centre.