Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín said a Customs operation, which targeted buses full of children and young people, at a major GAA event in Co Derry last night was “ill-conceived and inappropriate”.
The East Derry MLA said:“There were around 80 teams from all over Ireland taking part in the GAA’s Féile na nGael underage football and hurling competitions at Owenbeg just outside Dungiven.
“This event is attracting thousands of people from right across the country to Dungiven and the surrounding area over the weekend.
“It is a great opportunity to showcase everything which is positive about East Derry.
“However, Customs and Excise mounted a major fuel testing operation at Owenbeg of buses, which had travelled to the area from the South.
“Most of these buses were full of young people and their mentors who had travelled long distances to take part in Féile.
“Children were held on the buses while checks were made on fuel and tax details.
“I understand that Customs and Excise have a job to do. However, this operation, which disrupted such a positive event involving so many children and young people was ill-thought out and inappropriate.”