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Sinn Féin motion on Donegal Celtic submitted to the Assembly

29 May, 2008

Sinn Féin have submitted a motion to the Assembly expressing concern at the Irish Football Association process in choosing teams for the invitational league and have called on the Culture Minister Edwin Poots to intervene.

Speaking from Stormont West Belfast MLA Paul Maskey said,

"The seriousness of this issue has led to Sinn Féin submitting a motion to the assembly on this issue.

"The IFA have many serious questions to answer about the procedures it employed that led to its decision to exclude Donegal Celtic from the Invitation League.

"The decision is reprehensible. There is no logic in it.

"Donegal Celtic club have played a positive role in the community and there has been a great buzz in the area for the last two years. The IFA must immediately review its decision.

"In the meantime Sinn Fein will fully support the Cub's efforts in the Assembly and with the DCAL Minister Edwin Poots, in the media and among IFA sponsors. To raise this issue this motion is an example of this." ENDS

Note to editor

The motion submitted to the assembly reads

That this assembly expresses concern at the process followed by the Irish Football Association in choosing teams for the new invitational league; recognises the role that Donegal Celtic has played in the Irish league and congratulates the club on its success in the Irish cup; commends the club for its positive role in youth development; and urges the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure to engage with the Irish Football Association to reinstate Donegal Celtic tot he new invitational league.

Mr P Maskey
Mr F McCann
Ms J McCann
Ms Sue Ramsey

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