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PSNI attitude to GAA Games unacceptable - Pat Sheehan

12 March, 2014 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has said the attitude of some members of the PSNI to the sports of hurling and camogie is unacceptable.

The West Belfast MLA's comments come after recent incidents where PSNI officers have approached young people playing hurling and threatened to take their sticks off them.

In the latest incident earlier today a young person was issued with a caution for playing hurling with a couple of his friends in South Belfast.

"The attitude of some PSNI officers to young people hurling is clearly unacceptable and needs to change,” said Pat Sheehan.

“Hurling and camogie are the national games of this country and are played by young and old from Belfast to Cork.

"Why some PSNI officers have taken it upon themselves to challenge young people hurling is baffling.”

Pat Sheehan said he would be raising the issue at the Policing Board.

“Any form of discrimination against those playing Gaelic Games was wrong in the past and is wrong now,” said Pat Sheehan.

“Sinn Féin will be raising this issue at the Policing Board.

"For now we would encourage any young Gael who is approached by the PSNI about having a hurl or a camogie stick to make sure they bring it to the attention of their club and local political representatives."

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