Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

BNP complaint over GAA is sick joke

It was the kind of story that certainly demands a double take.

The British National Party – that merry band of charmers such as Nick Griffin, formed out of a splinter group of the National Front – has written a letter of complaint to the Equality Commission about the Gaelic Athletic Association.

Regional organiser, Steven Moore, claims the GAA 'is likely to be in breach of The Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998.'

He later states, 'Some GAA grounds are named after prominent Republicans and have been used for Republican anti-British political commemorations contrary to the Association's own rules.

'This creates an environment where unionists will feel intimidated, threatened and of less value than other citizens, because of their national identity.'

Presuming that the letter was in crayon and poking fun at a party desperately craving relevance and recognition should be the chosen direction of the rest of this snippet, but that would be a huge disservice to the amount of work that the GAA – in Ulster particularly – has put into making the Association an open house.

Nobody does more than the Ulster Council in terms of reaching out to people. Such duties are a major part of some employees' responsibilities.

When Donegal won Sam Maguire in September, they made a point of bringing it to every school, disregarding religion entirely and receiving warm welcomes everywhere. But still, the BNP accusing anyone of non-inclusiveness? You have to admit it is a sick joke. Their search for purpose continues.

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