HC Deb 04 December 1989 vol 163 cc54-5W
Rev. William McCrea

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether students at Loughry college, who may be part-time members of the security forces, will be permitted to play Gaelic games under the auspices of the Gaelic Club at Loughry; and whether the Irish Republic's tricolour will be permitted to be flown at Gaelic games being played at Loughry.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

Loughry college strongly encourages all students to organise and participate in those sports or recreational activities in which they are interested. Gaelic football is a popular choice among students.

The college expects each club or society to be student-led and to manage its own affairs. This may include affiliation with the governing body for a particular sport such as the Gaelic Athletic Association or the Irish Rugby Football Association (Ulster Branch).

I congratulate the college club on its success in the all-Ireland agricultural colleges competitions.

We are unaware of any student being refused permission to play Gaelic games because he or she is a part-time member of the security forces.

The flag which may be flown at Loughry college is the Union flag. It is flown from the official flag pole on appointed days.