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TUV must withdraw GAA remarks - Cllr Hardy

7 July, 2015 - by Pátrice Hardy

Sinn Féin group leader in Mid and East Antrim council, Cllr Patrice Hardy, has called on the TUV to withdraw scurrilous remarks about the GAA.

Speaking today Cllr Hardy said:

"The Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Timothy Gaston last night proposed at full council that the GAA as an organisation should not be able to avail of a small grants scheme and he made a number of appalling and offensive comments about the Association.

“The GAA as an organisation embraces every section of the community, champions equality, is non-party political, non-sectarian and anti-racist. 

“Given the fact that previously members of the GAA have been targeted and murdered by loyalist paramilitaries Mr Gaston’s comments were inflammatory and dangerous and should be withdrawn immediately.

“Further to this over the past number of years many local GAA flags and emblems were stolen and used and burnt on the 11th night bonfires. 

“As we approach the 12th weekend all political representatives should be demonstrating leadership, not raising tensions by making outlandish and unsubstantiated claims.

“As Deputy Mayor Timothy Gaston is supposed to represent everyone in the borough. It is very clear that once again Mr Gaston has failed in this regard.” 

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