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Thursday 8 December 2016

'We must weigh up possibility of a United Ireland', says Rory

Golf star Rory McIlroy Picture: PA
Golf star Rory McIlroy Picture: PA

Rory McIlroy has said that we need to "weigh up" the possibility of a united Ireland following the Brexit vote.

In an interview that took place the day after the referendum result, the world number four golfer said: "If I'm Northern Irish, what's better? To be part of the UK and not be in the EU? Or to be in a united Ireland and still belong to the EU? People are going to have to weigh that up."

Overall, the UK voted to leave the EU but Northern Ireland voted to remain, leading to fresh calls from Sinn Fein for a border poll.

"You have Leave saying we send £350m to the EU every week and we should spend it on the NHS," said the Co Down star.

Risk

"And then Farage comes out and admits he doesn't know where that money is going."

He also commented on his recent decision to pull out of the Olympics because of the dangers of the Zika virus.

He said that it "wasn't worth the risk" because he "hadn't been dreaming about the Olympics his whole life".

"The risk I was going to face didn't match what I was playing for. The risk wasn't worth the reward," he said.

He added that he has also been following the US presidential election.

"I've seen how people want to become secure and protected against the volatility of Islamic State and such like.

"That's the big reason Leave won the day," he said.

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