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Provisional Thuggery in Strabane

Des Dalton, RSF Vice President • March 2005

ON March 4 last an Irish night was held in Sigerson's GAA Club in Strabane, Co. Tyrone. During the function the Provisionals, despite the fact that none of them was causing any trouble, ejected several people.

A number of people (who had nothing to do with organising the function) came around the tables with lottery tickets - the proceeds of which were said to be going to Provisional prisoners. When those sitting at one table (including a former H-Block hunger striker) said they were not interested, they were told that this would be their "last time in the Club".

Meanwhile another person, seeing that tickets were being sold, went around with sponsorship cards for a head shave on St. Patrick's Night in aid of CABHAIR (Irish Republican Prisoners Dependants Fund). He was approached by a man and told to "put [these] in [his] pocket or get out".

When asked under what authority this was being said, he was told that it was on behalf of the management of the Club, and so he complied. However he was still forced to leave, and the person issuing the threat added that he represented the Provisionals' military body in Strabane. Others in the Provo's company also became aggressive.

This represents a clear abuse of power by the Provisionals. Furthermore it must be asked whether Cumann Lúthchleas Gael is to allow itself to be used in such a blatantly partisan manner.
























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