East Down GAA Recently Formed Faces Security Threat

Those behind East Belfast GAA security alert are an absolute disgrace says Councillor Eric Hanvey.

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Those behind East Belfast GAA security alert are an absolute disgrace says Councillor Eric Hanvey.

Speaking after a security alert at the grounds of the recently formed East Belfast Gaelic Athletic Club, he said: “Those behind a security alert at the training ground of East Belfast GAA are an absolute disgrace,” Alliance Councillor Eric Hanvey has said.

The new East Belfast club is playing in the East Down league within the Ulster Council GAA area and have made an impressive start against the more settled teams in the league.

Councillor Eric Hanvey has expressed his concerns after a security alert at East Belfast GAA premises.

Police are currently at the ground, the Henry Jones Playing Fields on the Church Road in Castlereagh, after receiving an anonymous call stating a number of explosive devices had been left there. Searches are still taking place.

He added: “The people behind this alert are an absolute disgrace and do not represent East Belfast.

“East Belfast GAA has received plaudits from right across the community, and rightly so, in their attempt to help build a better future in East Belfast by bringing people together via sport, so they can live, work and play together in peace.

“Those behind security alerts such as these are clearly not interested in something so positive but rather only division and destruction.

“They are unwanted in East Belfast or anywhere else, and I urge anyone with information on them to contact police with it immediately.”