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Staff made 'uncomfortable' over Fermanagh GAA progress: MLA hits out at 'latent intimidation'

UUP MLA Rosemary Barton
UUP MLA Rosemary Barton

An Ulster Unionist MLA has hit out at what she described as "latent intimidation" in Fermanagh over the GAA team's progress in the Ulster Championships.

On Sunday the Ernemen will take on Donegal in Clones for the showdown which could see them lift the Anglo-Celt Cup for the first time.

However, MLA Rosemary Barton has said the prospect of the victory has led to some feeling under pressure and "deeply uncomfortable" when the subject was raised in the workplace with them not reporting the matter for "fear of reprisals".

She asked passionate GAA supporters to "respect their friends and work colleagues" as they may not have the same interest in the organisation and "their actions can leave their work colleagues feeling apprehensive".

"I’m disappointed to have been told by some people in Fermanagh that they are being subject to latent intimidation by the County GAA team supporters," she said.

"While I appreciate the progress the team have made, many workers from a unionist background in both public employment organisations and private firms feel a huge pressure from their work colleagues who continually talk about the GAA team and make references to their unionist associates, which makes them feel deeply uncomfortable.

"The staff will not report these incidents as they are concerned of reprisals.

"I would ask all those passionate GAA supporters to respect their friends and colleagues who may not have the same interest in the organisation and where their actions can leave those work colleagues feeling apprehensive."

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