Derrytresk road safety event cancelled after protest planned over PSNI involvement27th April 2012 | By: brendan64 | 5 Comments »
Derrytresk GAC was forced to call off a road safety event after angry residents threatened to protest over the PSNI’s involvement in the meeting.
A Live to Play road safety campaign event was to be held at Derrytresk GAC on Monday, with road safety educators, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and officers from the PSNI taking part to show club members how best to stay safe.
But according to Connla Young from the Irish News, the meeting was cancelled after local people threatened to picket the event upon learning that the PSNI would be involved.
Club chairman Barney Campbell said: “At the end of the day it was a good thing for young people to be aware of this but the other side of the coin is people were not happy with them [police officers] being there.
“I got a few calls and the ones that did call were very insistent that it should not be happening.”
The Live to Play campaign, designed and co-ordinated by Ulster GAA in conjunction with Tyrone County Committee, aims to raise awareness of road safety.
The event was planned for club members aged 16 and over and was promoted through publicity shots of Derrytresk players holding banners.
But on Saturday, Tyrone GAA cryptically announced through their Facebook page that the event was called off.
The message read: “The Live to Play event in Derrytresk Monday next 23rd April has been postponed until mid-May. More detail will follow in due course. We apologise for any inconvenience.”
What do you think about this? Was the PSNI’s involvement wrong? Should Derrytresk have continued to hold the event? Share your views by commenting below