Victims ‘feel betrayed’ over rubble row

Evans Irwin and William Frazer, from the FAIR Group, pictured at the protest at Pomeroy PSNI Station.mm41-159ar.
Evans Irwin and William Frazer, from the FAIR Group, pictured at the protest at Pomeroy PSNI Station.mm41-159ar.

VICTIMS of IRA terrorism feel “completely and utterly betrayed” that rubble from a former police station is being used to level out a GAA pitch, it has been claimed.

Victims campaigner Willie Frazer, who attended a small protest in Pomeroy yesterday morning, called on the PSNI to justify the decision which he said has alarmed the minority unionist population in the area.

Yesterday’s News Letter revealed that feelings are running high in the Tyrone village given that the former police base was a regular target for terrorist attacks. It is thought 11 members of the forces associated with the now demolished police station were murdered by the IRA.

An annual tug-of-war event is held at the Pomeroy Plunketts GAA club in memory of Seamus Woods, an IRA man who killed himself while transporting a bomb to the station.

Mr Frazer and fellow protestors gathered at the former RUC base as well as holding a short protest at the GAA club.

He said: “Anyone with a brain would know that [moving the rubble to the GAA club] would cause a lot of heartache for many families.

“The unionist population is small in Pomeroy and they certainly feel betrayed. They feel very badly let down.”

Both the PSNI and Ulster GAA have denied any wrongdoing regarding the matter.