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GAA celebrations marred by Loyalists and PSNI

24 September, 2008

Cookstown Sinn Féín Councillor John Mc Namee has added his congratulations to the Tyrone Senior Football team after their superb victory in last Sunday's All Ireland final.

Cllr McNamee said:

"It is great to see Tyrone win the Sam Maguire for the third time in five years and I wish the minor team the best of luck for Saturday's reply against Mayo. It would be a great achievement to see Tyrone win a Senior and Minor All Ireland double."

While the news of Tyrone's success has been greeted with jubilation, there were incidents on Sunday which were intended to put a damper on the celebrations.

Cllr McNamee added:

"I have been informed by members of the public about the events that unfolded before and after the game on Sunday. These included vandalism of homes displaying Tyrone colours; attacks on vehicles which carried Tyrone Flags; and intimidation of Tyrone supporters in Cookstown's Main Street.

"There where also incidents involving the PSNI which included cars being diverted around the town because Loyalists had caused an obstruction in the Oldtown area; public bars being asked to close their doors in the middle of the day; and members of the public were being told to remove items of clothing which displayed the Tyrone badge.

"While we acknowledge that these incidents were caused by a small number of people intent on causing trouble, Sinn Féin will be demanding answers about the way that the relevant authorities dealt with the situation." ENDS

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