Dulcinea has hit the nail on the head, but I'll reply to your points anyway:
"What on earth is this about??? On the one hand you are saying the Irish team is full of foreigners and on the other you are claiming Ireland only select people with roots in the country...??? Does every other country in the world have a team where the players have no roots to the country they are representing? That's the flip side of what you are saying."
I never claimed the Irish team was full of foreigners - just that the FAI is not bothered about selecting players who have barely anything to do with Ireland bar an Irish grandparent. Apparently you're not aware of these football associations' stance on the naturalisation of Brazilians and similar football mercenaries. Maybe it doesn't apply in Ireland (I wouldn't be surprised). Just so you know, it's why Nacho Novo will not play for Scotland and Manuel Almunia will not play for England, despite qualifying for British passports through residency.
"you can only play for one country at senior level. "
Those were two separate requirements. An and/or situation. Besides, as the situation with Jermaine Jones shows, it is possible to switch teams at senior level provided that you haven't played any competitive matches. I'm amazed that someone with your apparent interest in the subject is not aware of this.
"Qualifying to play for Ireland is exactly the same as being entitled to an Irish passport. The 9 Irish-born would all be Irish citizens by virtue of their birthplace. That obviously isn't obvious to you. 9/11 is a huge majority that smashes your original smart comment which is what I pointed out to you. I have no real idea how your paragraph adds anything to the topic."
Which nine are you talking about, the ones you mentioned? Of course they're entitled to play if they were born in Ireland. But the nine I mentioned were born in Britain, mainly in England, and would have been given a British passport at birth, and you still haven't provided any evidence that they all of their parents applied for dual citizenship for them so that they were "Irish by birth", as you call it. I don't see how you've "smashed" anything here.
"Absolutely no relevance to what I'm talking about. Why do you keep talking about Britain?"
"Why do you have abroad in quotation marks? The FAI quite naturally tries to lure (mostly dual) Irish citizens playing at a high level abroad to play for them. Every association does the same."
Since you ask, it's because the word "abroad" implies the likes of Almunia, Eduardo and Cacau, whose only claim to citizenship is residency. However, as I have stated several times before, these English-born players do have at least some link to Ireland, however tenuous.
"Actually all eleven of them have Irish passports and all the other ones you listed have too. Guess you missed that critical point to the debate."
Apparently you've missed the critical point that, even though they now (apparently) have Irish passports, which isn't actually a FIFA requirement to be able to play for a country because all you need is a grandparent who was born somewhere convenient, this was not always the case.
"Although I am not well acquainted with his family background, I believe he is so. Yes."
So why doesn't he play for Ireland? "Given Ireland's history"...?
"To which FIFA will reply an Irish citizen who holds dual citizenship may of course declare for Ireland provided they have not represented the other country at senior level. Then they will most likely hang up on you.
A question mark was once placed over Tony Cascarino's eligibility to play for Ireland due to complex questions of adoption. However, the situation was cleared up and his eligibility was correct. I can only presume that is the now non-story you are referring to?"
Tony Cascarino didn't hold dual citizenship though, did he? He applied for an Irish passport in 1996. His tenuous link to Ireland through a grandfather was revealed as nonsense when it turned out his mother had been adopted. I don't see any of that being refuted here: http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2000/1102/casc...
The same goes for Mark "qualified through his grandfather" Lawrenson and Mick "qualified through his father" McCarthy. It's nothing new and it's nothing shocking, so I'm quite surprised at your angry, frustrated responses which are not at all backed up by any evidence.
So once again, I'll go back to my original point, which was to comment on the hypocrisy of an Irish football fan moaning about the number of Spätaussiedler in the German football team.