27 March 2006

GAA to probe army camera at club

Daily Ireland

By Connla Young

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs are set to challenge the British army after it was revealed that a number of spy cameras are being used to monitor a south Armagh football club.
Officials from Saint Patrick’s Gaelic Football Club, Dromintee, carried out an inspection of a massive mountain top British army spy post and have claimed that a number of cameras are being used to monitor their facilities.
The claim comes just weeks after British army documents discovered discarded in the district revealed that a number of homes and the club are monitored by a spy post on Faughil Mountain, which over looks the area.
Dromintee chairman Peter Fearon described the current situation as “unacceptable”.
“We have several hundred young people in the club, some as young as seven years-old,” Mr Fearon said.
“The men and women who manage underage teams have to undergo a rigorous training course in child protection. One of the many regulations states that children cannot be photographed without parental permission, yet at the same time we have a situation where children and adults at the club are under constant surveillance by the most sophisticated observation cameras in existence. All club members are enraged by this espionage and demand that the cameras be immediately and publicly removed.
“I am grateful to the GAA in Croke Park and Armagh County Board authorities for their prompt response to the club’s request for support. Through them the mater is being raised with the Department of Foreign Affairs. It is our hope that their efforts will bring an end to this interference in the running of our club.”
A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said: “We have received representations from Dromintee GAA club and have in turn raised the issue with British authorities.”
A spokesman for the British army said: “While we do not comment on alleged operational activity, it is worth noting that the observation towers along the south Armagh border were built to enhance the safety of communities in the area as well as the safety of security force personnel on patrol. They were also built to assist in the detection and tracking of terrorists and their equipment.”

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