Dundalk’s Chris Shields says he would be pleased to see the Unite the Union Champions Cup serve as a stepping stone to an all island league. Photograph: Inpho

The ongoing debate regarding the desirability of an all island league might make the timing of the Unite the Union Champions Cup seem proactively well(...)

Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor suggested the all-island league proposal was a ‘pipe dream’ and ‘unrealistic at this moment in time’. Photograph: Declan Roughan/Inpho

Harry Cavan, the IFA’s long-serving president, once observed that having two national teams on the island of Ireland was “nonsensical” then famously c(...)