Robinson sidesteps GAA acknowledgement

First Minister Peter Robinson today sidestepped an open initiation by West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff to acknowledge the achievement of Cookstown Father Rocks in winning the All Ireland Intermediate Club Football title on Valentine’s Day.

McElduff, who chairs the Assembly’s Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee, extended the invitation to “acknowledge and congratulate” the Tyrone club’s achievement during Monday’s First Minister’s Questions.

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Terror laws used twice as much in Strabane with less results

Fewer arrests were made in the Strabane district under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act than the entire ‘F’ policing district of Cookstown, Dungannon, Fermanagh and Omagh last summer despite Strabane alone having almost twice the number of people stopped and searched under the controversial act.

The figures which cover the period 1st July – 30th September 2009 show that whereas Omagh, Fermanagh, Cookstown and Dungannon combined had 717 cases of persons being stopped and searched by police under Section 44, there were 4 arrests, compared with only 3 arrests in the same period in Strabane despite 1,305 people being stopped and searched.

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