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Controversial gates to go in bid to secure funding

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A row has erupted over plans by a GAA club in Co Antrim to remove the gates bearing the names of two IRA volunteers in a bid to secure funding for the club. The controversial funding proposal is expected to be discussed at a council meeting on Tuesday evening.

The entrance of Glenarriffe Oisin GAA club, deep in the Glens of Antrim, bears the names of two IRA men - Charlie McAllister and Pat McVeigh - who were killed in 1922 during a gun battle with the B Specials.

These gates are causing controversy for the club which is seeking a £180,000 pound grant from the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough council.

The funding proposal to transform the club into a cross-community facility was first agreed at a council committee meeting earlier this year, but it wasn't until full council that the DUP raised concerns.

Legal advice was sought and that has delayed the funding process.

It's now emerged the club has voted to move the gates to another part of the grounds in order to secure the funding.

In a letter seen by UTV, members were invited to a special meeting at a local primary school. They were asked in a secret ballot whether they wanted to keep the gates at the main entrance or relocate them to the entrance of the hurling field. The decision to remove the gates has divided the club and led to the resignation of three senior members including the chairman Eddie Haughey.

The DUP say they will not be making any comment ahead of tonight's council meeting when the funding proposal is expected to be discussed.

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