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By David Vance On March 16th, 2011 at 8:53 am

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How nice of IRA/Sinn Fein to use GAA imagery to promote the 30th anniversary of the suicides in the Maze prison;

SINN Fein have been slammed for “using the GAA” to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the hunger strike.  An event to mark the launch of a shirt – which has ‘Long Kesh 81’ emblazoned on the back – by party president Gerry Adams was postponed yesterday. When contacted by the News Letter, a Sinn Fein spokesman said the shirt had “nothing to do with the GAA” and said the jersey would be launched at a later date. However, on Sinn Fein’s online shop, the shirt is being sold as the ‘1981-2011 GAA JERSEY’. A spokesman for the Ulster GAA council said they had “no knowledge” of the commemorative top. “There has been absolutely no authorisation for this top from the GAA,” said the spokesperson.

Fair enough – so naturally the GAA will take action against IRA/Sinn Fein. Erm, no;

“However there is nothing to stop someone reproducing a shirt similar to the GAA shirts, but they cannot use our logos and therefore the shirts would not be GAA tops. The GAA is a non-political organisation and we have nothing to do with this shirt at all.”

That could not be more clear. And what about GAA attending DUPer Edwin Poots? Well, he is not happy!

“I think it is very unfortunate that Sinn Fein have again sought to use the GAA as a means to market this top. “This will do nothing but create suspicion among unionists over a link between the GAA and the political agenda of republicans and it very unfair that a sporting organisation like the GAA has been dragged into this through no apparent fault of their own..”

Edwin the Good – defender of the GAA BUT implacable opponent of Sinn Fein with whom he…er…sits in power with.

Do me  favour, Edwin. Go and BUY one of the Provo tops and show us ALL your true colours.