In response to the idea put forward by the President of the GAA,
Nickey Brennan, the Alliance Party candidate for Fermanagh & South
Tyrone Allan Leonard has stated that it would be far better to have
mixed GAA clubs instead of creating new ones for Protestants only.
Allan Leonard said: “I would rather that the President of the GAA
encouraged clubs to be mixed instead of calling on Protestants to set
up their own.
“I would strongly encourage Protestants to play GAA, and would like to see everyone participating in local clubs.
“The GAA has made many positive moves over recent years, and I
recognise that Nickey Brennan has made this comment with the best of
intentions; however, we need more sharing as opposed to more separation.
“The GAA is to be commended for allowing rugby and soccer to use
Croke Park, and they have made good progress as regards community
“The Alliance Party long advocated for the scrapping of Rule 21, as
it was a hindrance to reconciliation in the community. We have also
known that many officers in the police service were interested in
forming a GAA club, and I am very glad that moves have been
made in this direction.”
Story on Nickey Brennan’s comments is on the front page of the Irish News, 23 Nov 2007.