Joe Brolly and Paeder Heffron
On Sunday, Joe Brolly in the Sunday Independent reported that a former PSNI Police Service of Northern Ireland] constable was ‘ostracised’ by his GAA club after joining the force.
Paeder Heffron was left in a wheelchair following a dissident republican car bomb in 2010.
Mr Heffron said he was frozen out of games by Kickhams Creggan in County Antrim and ignored by teammates, with republicans ” approaching him in a changing room and handing him a leaflet warning of the dangers of joining the PSNI”.
Shayna O Neill writes:
The PSNI have opened recruiting as of October 23 this year. The aim of the PSNI is to have a balanced force of 50/50 Catholics/Protestants, under The Patton Report – currently it’s @15-25% Catholic,depending on which figures you are given, or believe.
Growing up, we had the RUC, who seemed to have a licence to unleash some form of justice against Catholics. I’m living back in the North of Ireland for a few years now, I have to say the PSNI seem okay.
The GAA have let one of their own down. I feel ashamed that I associate and am a member of the GAA.
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