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University of Ulster should not play Jim Allister’s games - Flanagan

9 April, 2014 - by Phil Flanagan

Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has said Jim Allister’s campaign to ban GAA jerseys from universities in the North is absurd.

The Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA said:

“I raised the issue with the Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry during a meeting of the Committee in Stormont.

 “The claim by Jim Allister that young people wearing a GAA top creates a substantial ‘chill factor’ is absurd.

 “The University of Ulster should not involve itself in this anti-GAA campaign. The university needs to promote diversity in sport and treat all codes with equal respect.

“The GAA is open to people from all traditions and ethnic backgrounds who take part and enjoy the many sporting and cultural events the GAA provides.

“The GAA teams at UU have worn the university’s colours with distinction the length and breadth of this country.

“Is Jim Allister seriously suggesting banning the university’s players from wearing their tops on campus?

"The Employment and Learning Committee is visiting the Coleraine campus of the University of Ulster on the 30th April.

 “I fully intend to raise this issue with senior management and the Students' Union at that stage."

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