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Minister trying to avoid responsibility over Owenbeg DVA swoop - Ó hOisín

1 July, 2014 - by Cathal Ó hOisín

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has clashed with Environment Minister Mark H Durkan over a DVA operation last month, which disrupted the opening ceremony of Féile na nGael.

Cathal Ó hOisín said:

"DVA officers swooped on buses of young people at Derry GAA’s HQ at Owenbeg on Friday 20 June to ‘carry out road safety inspections’.

“They claimed it was a targeted operation but they had no regard for the thousands of children attending the event who travelled from all over Ireland.

"The minister claimed that the DVA decided not to proceed after ‘taking account of the circumstances’. 

“This flies in the face of the facts.

“The DVA only pulled back after GAA officials, local representatives and the PSNI Neighbourhood team persuaded them with some difficulty to end the operation.

“The minister is clearly trying to avoid taking any responsibility for an operation which disrupted Féile and the area’s potential for tourism.” 

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