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Gregory Campbell needs to act as a Minister for all - McElduff

6 October, 2008

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff has stated that many who follow the GAA are fast loosing confidence in Gregory Campbell's ability to act in an impartial and fair manner as a Minister for all.

Speaking today Mr McElduff said:

"Gregory Campbell's constantly belligerent and dogmatic approach to the GAA and its supporters has led many to question his ability to acknowledge all traditions sporting beliefs and endeavours as a Minister .

"It is now two weeks from the fantastic Tyrone All Ireland success and one week since we saw a fantastic Tyrone double with the Minor win yet we still have no statement of congratulations on the DCAL website, not to mention any word of a reception for Tyrone players in Stormont.

"It is not to late for him to approach this issue in a inclusive and fair manner. The people who have a Gaelic Ireland view of the world are fast loosing confidence fast in his ability to act as a Minister who is impartial in the discharge of his duty.

"At a time when GAA halls are being targeted in arson attacks, comments such as Gregory's need to be if anything measured, courteous and respectful of a sporting tradition that has one of the biggest and most vibrant support bases across this island." CRÍOCH

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