SDLP East Derry MLA Cara Hunter has called the manager of the Derry senior Gaelic football team to stand aside ahead of this weekend’s Ulster Final after allegations of domestic violence were made against him.
Ms Hunter said that women and girls across Ireland will not be able to support his leadership of the team given the seriousness of the issue and called on Mr Gallagher to do the right thing and stand aside.
Cara Hunter MLA said:
“Domestic violence is an insidious issue that infects communities across Ireland and blights the daily lives of women and girls. It leaves lives shattered and people fearing for their safety in their own homes. Given the seriousness of the issues exposed this week I do not believe it is appropriate for Rory Gallagher to lead the Derry team ahead of the Ulster Final. He should do the right thing and stand aside.
“There are women and girls across our community and across Ireland who will not be able to support his leadership of the team. They need to be respected and their voice needs to be heard, especially by Derry GAA. This is a moment for strong leadership and to stand with people from across our communities who have been victims of the most horrific abuse.
“Derry GAA needs to send a strong message of support to women and girls in our community right now. This is a test for the county board and for those in positions of leadership. There is only one acceptable outcome.”