Rubble trouble rumbles on

SINN Fein councillor Cathal Mallaghan has welcomed rubble from Pomeroy Police station being used as landfill at the extension of the local GAA playing fields.

Last week one local unionist described as ‘insensitive’ that the rubble was being used at Plunkett Park.

Pomeroy resident Evan Irwin, along with south Armagh victims campaigner Willie Frazer, held a two-man protest at the police station as it was being demolished.

However Sinn Fein’s Cathal Mallaghan said: “I think it is interesting that the rubble from this station is being used to facilitate the extension of the playing fields at Plunkett Park.

“This building for the vast majority of people in Pomeroy represented British harassment and torture for nationalists. It was a terrible eyesore and I was very happy to be involved in a campaign which resulted in its demolition.

“Young people from this area will now benefit from that same demolition when running and playing their games on the new pitch. It reminds me of a famous Irish quote ‘Our revenge will be in the laughter of our children’,” said Councillor Mallaghan.

Last week Mr Irwin and Mr Frazer erected a memorial sign to those who ‘gave their all so that this building could serve the people of Pomeroy’.

Mr Irwin said: “Is there a deal being made here between the PSNI, Sinn Fein and some half-bellied unionist - the same as the deal that was done by Mr Bingham regarding our culture and heritage and parades in Pomeroy.

“The unionist people need to come out and support the unionist people of Pomeroy before it is too late,” he said.

Regarding the GAA I have no problem, my problem is with Mr Mallaghan, Sinn Fein councillor who is using the wee GAA club to further his own ends which I think is totally wrong. The sooner the Ulster Board disciplines the people involved in letting their pitch be used to glorify terrorism, the safer the unionist people will be in Pomeroy.”

The move to have the rubble used as landfill at the GAA pitch was also condemned by DUP MLA Ian McCrea and Ulster Unionist MLA Sandra Overend.

A spokesman for the PSNI confirmed that rubble from the police station had been moved to the GAA club.

“The PSNI are satisfied that all correct procedures have been followed and any disposal of salvage from Pomeroy PSNI station adheres to relevant regulations and legislation,” he said.

A spokesman for Ulster GAA said: “Following contact with officials of the club we can assure the public that they should have no concerns of any kind regarding the removal of rubble from a derelict building to enhance the development of a community facility.

“This is a private matter between the club and the owners of the property and it is the club’s intention that it will remain so.”