Northern Ireland’s footballers have been honoured at Stormont for their achievements during the Euros in France.

The side made their first ever appearance in the tournament in June and qualified for the last 16, before ultimately being knocked out by Wales.

First Minister Arlene Foster and Sports Minister Paul Givan welcomed the squad, manager Michael O'Neill, and supporters to Parliament Buildings on Thursday evening.

The DUP leader said: “The team have been tremendous ambassadors for our country and have become a symbol for all that is good about Northern Ireland and its people.

“Qualifying for the last 16 was a magnificent achievement and we all have amazing shared experiences, pride and memories from summer 2016 that will stay with us for a very long time.”

Throughout the tournament, the Northern Ireland team enhanced its reputation on the pitch while our Green And White Army were a fantastic advertisement for all that is great about Northern Ireland.

First Minister Arlene Foster
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