West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Sinn Fein reacts angrily to British army recruitment plans

Published: 24 September, 2013

Sinn Féin councillor Marty McColgan has criticised the British army after it emerged they will take part in a jobs fair in Omagh on Friday. Claiming that the British army has left a 'bloody legacy' in County Tyrone Councillor McColgan said local job hunters should not be confronted with members of the British army involved in a recruitment drive.

McColgan added:

"The British army should not be permitted to take part in this recruitment fair. Given their imperialist activities in Ireland and elsewhere over many decades their presence at the event is hugely offensive.

"We all know the history of the British army in Ireland, and Tyrone. No amount of window dressing can change the fact that they have left a bloody legacy in their wake, whether it is Ireland, Iraq or elsewhere.

"We are fully supportive of the jobs fair and have worked continuously over many years to attract jobs and inward investment in the West Tyrone area. What we are opposed to is the presence of the British army at this event.

"It is unacceptable that the British army aim to target vulnerable people, who in the current economic climate are faced with unemployment issues.